To promote solar power generation in the state, the Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has decided to set up over 2,000 units that will produce 44 MW of electricity using solar energy.
This decision was taken after the Union power ministry made a change in the power purchase rules for discoms across the country due to which discoms will have to purchase more such power.
“The new rule will help in popularizing solar power across the country because now discoms will have to buy more such power,” said Arun Kumar Tyagi, Chief project officer of UREDA.
Now Uttarakhand will have to buy 8% power generated through solar plants. Earlier, the state was required to buy just 3% power generated through solar plants.
Uttarakhand currently has 23 solar power generation plants and these were sufficient to fulfil the mandatory power purchase of 3%. But to achieve new target over 2000 plants of varying capacity will be set up at different places and needed infrastructure will be funded under central government schemes.
Most of the plants are expected to be solar roof top power plants.
“To meet the target, we have plans to set up solar plants on top of state-owned buildings. Special preference will be given to buildings having sufficient space and under this campaign young entrepreneurs will be involved to enhance the total power generation capacity,” informed Arun Kumar Tyagi.