Chandigarh, September 3 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that State government has fixed a target to generate 400 MW renewable energy by the year end. The tender process to generate 150 MW solar power has already been started and discussions are under way with corporations of Government of India to generate additional renewable energy so as to achieve the target.
The Chief Minister was speaking on the second day of ongoing Vidhan Sabha Session here today.
He said that the Haryana has not the enough resources to generate power from hydro and thermal projects as there is lack of water and coal for the same in the state. Government is promoting sources of alternative power which is quite cheap as compared to thermal power. He informed the House that with reference to the Government of India’s target of one lakh MW renewable energy generation, Haryana has been given to generate 2000 MW solar energy by year 2020.
The Chief Minister said that a scheme to install solar pump at tubewells is under process. To generate 12 KW solar energy, an expenditure of about Rs 8-12 lakh is expected. He said that expenditure of Rs.50,000 crore is expected for installing solar pumps on 6 lakh tubewells which is quite heavy. The State government is ready to implement the same in a phased manner. Negotiations for the same are also being held with companies. Under the scheme, there is a provision to give subsidy of Rs.20,000 per KW, he added.
He informed that we had inherited the mismanagement in the power sector including losses and weak infrastructure. The cumulative losses of year 2014-15 has reached to Rs.29,362 crore. In addition, there is provision to provide subsidy of Rs.6200 crore per year.
The Chief Minister said that agriculture tubewell connections pending upto December 31, 2012 had been released.