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Karnataka sets ambitious target of generating 6,000 mw of solar energy by 2021


From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Jan 10: In tune with the tariff policy announced by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) 2016, Karnataka has amended its 2014-21 Solar Policy and set an ambitious target for solar generation at 6,000 megawatts by March 2021.

The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved the changes in the policy to give encouragement to harness solar energy. The State’s solar energy potential is estimated in excess of 24,700 mw.

As per the tariff policy and targets fixed by MNRE to the State, the solar energy should constitute eight per cent of the total energy consumption, excluding hydro energy, by March 2022.

The policy of the Centre envisages that 40 per cent of the solar generation should be through rooftop, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra told reporters after the State Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The current installed capacity, including rooftop, is pegged at 400 mw.

The changes in the policy included implementation of projects with distributed generation approach spread over the State.

Now, most of the solar projects concentrated around Bengaluru.

For improving the delivery of health services, the State Cabinet approved a proposal for purchase of modern diagnostic equipment, including CT and MRI scanners, for district hospitals.

The proposal is estimated to cost Rs.103 crore. The purchase is being made as part of the government programme to provide best diagnostic services for poor patients free of cost, Jayachandra said.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Good initiative by the ruling governance towards 'clean energy.

    I will request the government to provide subsidies to encourage individuals to participate at their own residential level.
    Jai Hind

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  • Swati Sehgal , Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    It is good initiative towards the Karnataka Development. Solar energy is a good idea. It saves the electricity and generating the power among the villages areas and saves money. Planning for increasing the Medical equipment in Hospitals. Good Going.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Harnessing solar energy for heating and generating electricity is very effective in the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy which will have huge longer-term benefits.

    It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating global warming and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise.

    It is also a renewable energy source and should tap solar energy for multi-purposes where it possible. Even rich GCC countries are supporting the use of solar power for street lamps and building cities total reliant on solar power.


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  • shwethak, Bengalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    solar energy idea is really good idea.. Because solar energy save electricity and our money.It will be very helpful in our sate. Thanks for coming up with brillent idea.Good devlopment work in the state

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Harnessing solar energy for heating and generating electricity is very effective in the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy which will have huge longer-term benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating global warming and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise.
    It is also a renewable energy source and should tap solar energy for mult-purposes where it possible. Even rich GCC countries are supporting the use of solar power for street lamps and building cities total reliant on solar power.
    Like we are going to be digital India, let all the States encourage to make max. use of Solar power.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    It is not clear yet about government rules that motivate people to go for solar energy investment. It is common man investing for his electrical power needs while Government (KEB) can not provide uninterrupted power supply 24X7.

    In that case make it very easy approval and do not interfere with power generated by private people. Please set a rule such that surplus power can be sold to government grid after using as much the producer wish to use for himself.

    At the moment hardly anyone knows regulations related to solar energy production and many windows to run around for the various amount of capacity plant and hardly anyone is equipped with enough knowledge on regulation, only talks going on in air. I guess that is the reason solar energy sector is shunted and lack of information and motivation to private sector!

    Requesting someone to come up with a detailed article in Daiji for the benefit of village people and farmers who are suffering from great amount of power cuts.

    I am interested in establishing 5KVA capacity solar and not going ahead for the past 5 years due to non conducive regulations, info and support.

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  • Ex Sgt George A Borromeo, Pumpwell

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    If the Central/State Government enacts a Law, to install Roof Top Solar Panels and Rain Water Harvesting system in each and every New Multi Story Buildings, within years we can see the difference.

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  • Godwin, Bantwal/Bengaluru

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Finally woke up.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Other Indian states should immediately follow ...

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Sixthousand megawatts of Solar driven power for Karnataka State by 2021 is a fantastic project in the right direction. This power will boost our growth in economy and industry and will also boost our living standards as this power will enable us to build more houses, more commercial buildings and also create more industries creating jobs.

    Power is the single most ingredient that triggers progress of a community and a country. More power generation produced will also trigger lower prices. Our streets will have more lights and our houses will have brighter lights with lower utility costs. We should be proud. We should try and forget our past anamolies.

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  • Jeevan pinto , Mangalore kuwait

    Tue, Jan 10 2017

    Ketta Mele buddhi banthu.. this should have been done before.. look at the consequences coal powered plants.. no fresh air to breathe.we need many mega projects like adani in tamilnadu.. 648 mw plant..

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