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.