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Uttar Pradesh Approves New Solar Policy, Aims to Generate 22,000 MW Solar Power in Next 5 Years

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The Uttar Pradesh government approved the new solar energy policy, which aims to produce 22,000 megawatts of solar energy in the next five-years.

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This includes 14,000 MW through establishment of solar park, 4,500MW from residential solar roof, 1,500MW from non-residential solar roof as well as 2,000 MW of power generation from components of PM Kusum Yojana.

New policy calls for Surya Mitra posts to help with maintenance of solar power plants. For the maintenance of solar power plant, additional manpower will also be required. This will allow 30,000 youths to be trained in the maintenance of solar power plant and will be called ‘Surya Mitra’. These ‘Surya Mitras’ will find employment.

“This policy will become effective on the date of issue, and will remain in effect for a period five years or until the new policy has been notified by state government,” Energy Minister AK Sharma stated.

He stated that the cabinet had approved a grant at Rs 15,000 per Kilowatt and maximum Rs 30,000 per Consumer. During the policy period, a grant of Rs 800 crore was approved each year. The state has allowed solar roofs with net metering on government buildings as well as on all educational institutions.

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“The cabinet approved (Kusum C-2), for the establishment of 2,000-MW solar plants with separate agricultural feeders. Minister said that approval has been granted to provide 75% subsidy for Scheduled Tribe farmers, and 60% subsidy to other farmers. This will result in a total grant amount of Rs 1,000 crore over five years.

Cabinet has approved a 100 percent exemption from stamp duty for the purchase of land to be used as solar units. All solar power generation projects will be exempted of obtaining environmental clearance, while grid-connected solar PV project are exempted by Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board’s no objection certificate (NOC).

He said, “Apart from that, for the implementation policy, a decision was taken to provide Rs 2 lakh per district (municipal Corporation headquarters) and Rs 1 lakh per district (municipal Council headquarters) for publicity throughout the operation period, which will last for five years.”

Solar parks with storage systems greater than 5 MW will receive capital subsidy of Rs 2.5 crore per megawatt. This will allow solar energy to be stored, and electricity can then be delivered at peak load,” Sharma stated, noting that UP would be the most prominent state to support the establishment of solar parks with storage.

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The state has set a goal of 1,500 MW of power generation by installing solar roof systems on the roofs non-residential buildings, such as government buildings, and all types non-government educational institutions.

Net metering facilities will also be provided for solar rooftop systems that are installed on roofs of nonresidential buildings in this category.

Ayodhya will be developed into a model city for solar energy. A total of 16 municipal corporations from the state and Noida are also being developed into solar cities.

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