Meghalaya Launches Ambitious Rs 500 Crore Solar Mission to Overcome Power Deficit

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Meghalaya’s Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, unveiled the Chief Minister’s Solar Mission, a groundbreaking initiative with an investment of Rs 500 crore over the next five years. The mission aims to substantially mitigate the power deficit in the northeastern state and spearhead a transition towards cleaner and sustainable energy sources.


At the launch event, Chief Minister Sangma highlighted the mission’s people-centric approach, emphasizing its potential to usher in a new era of environmental resilience and independence. The initiative will not only tackle power shortages but also promote green progress. The state government plans to allocate an initial annual investment of Rs 100 crore for the solar mission.

To ensure widespread participation, the Chief Minister’s Solar Mission offers significant subsidies, including 70% for individual households and 50% for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other commercial entities. This initiative also encourages collaboration, inviting diverse partners such as corporate entities engaging in corporate social responsibility, organizations investing in carbon credits, and international institutions interested in supporting green projects.

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The mission’s installed capacity is projected to match the current state capacity within the next two to three years. Furthermore, higher capacity hybrid solar units will benefit from net metering, allowing excess energy to be fed into local and national grids.

Chief Minister Sangma also announced plans for LED assembling units across the state, generating employment opportunities and contributing to self-reliance. Discussions are underway with battery manufacturers to establish battery production and maintenance facilities, enhancing the state’s energy infrastructure.

Meghalaya, primarily dependent on hydel power projects, faces challenges due to fluctuating rainfall affecting hydel power generation. The installed hydel power capacity of 378.7 MW struggles to meet the peak demand of around 500 MW. The Chief Minister’s Solar Mission is set to not only bridge this gap but also propel the state toward a greener and more sustainable economic future.

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