Under the present rooftop solar programme, which was approved by the Government in December 2015, an aggregated capacity of 2100 MW is targeted to be achieved in residential, institutional, social and Government sector through central financial assistance by the year 2019-20.

As per data captured on the SPIN portal of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), a total of 1279 MW capacity grid connected rooftop solar PV systems have been reported installed in the country as on 31.1.2019.

While no formal study has been commissioned to study the rooftop solar scenario, the Government is taking a number of steps to promote rooftop solar in the country, these include:

  1. Providing central financial assistance (CFA) for residential/institutional/social sectors and achievement linked incentives for Government sectors through Rooftop Solar Scheme.
  2. Persuading states to notify the net/gross metering regulations for RTS projects. Now all the 36 States/UTs/SERCs have notified such regulations and/or tariff orders.
  3. Prepared model MoU, PPA and Capex Agreement for expeditious implementation of RTS projects in Govt. Sector.
  4. Allocate Ministry-wise expert PSUs for handholding and support in implementation of RTS projects in various Ministries/Departments.
  5. Suryamitra program is being implemented for creation of a qualified technical workforce.
  6. Initiated DG S&D rate contract for solar rooftop systems.
  7. Creation of SPIN-an online platform for expediting project approval, report submission and monitoring progress of implementation of RTS projects.
  8. Initiated Geo-tagging of RTS project, in co-ordination with ISRO, for traceability and transparency.
  9. Facilitated availability of concessional loans from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to SBI and PNB respectively, for disbursal of loans to industrial and commercial sectors, where CFA/incentive is not being provided by the Ministry.

This was informed by Minister of State (I/C) for New and Renewable Energy and Power Shri R. K Singh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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The Government is formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evamUtthaanMahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which inter-alia aims to promote use of solar energy among the farmers. The proposed scheme provides for:

  1. setting up of grid-connected renewable power plants each of 500KW to 2 MW in the ruralarea;
  2. installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfil irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;and
  3. solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also sell surplus solar power generated to Discom and get extraincome.

The Scheme is under consideration of the Government and therefore, detailed provisions are yet to be finalized.

This was informed by Minister of State (I/C) for New and Renewable Energy and Power Shri R. K Singh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Ministry of MSME, through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), implements a number of schemes for rural women so as to improve their social and economic conditions, including those living below the poverty line.  Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and  Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh, informed while replying to a question in Lok Sabha today.

 

He said the MSME Ministry is implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), a major credit-linked subsidy scheme since 2008-09, to set up micro enterprises and to generate employment in rural and urban areas of the country. The maximum cost of the project under PMEGP scheme is Rs.25.00 lakhs for manufacturing sector units and Rs.10.00 lakhs for units under service sector. Under the scheme, women entrepreneurs are covered under Special Category and are entitled to 25% and 35% subsidies for the project set up in urban and rural areas respectively. For women beneficiaries, own contribution is only 5% of the project cost while for general category it is 10%.  About 30% projects have been setup by women out of total projects set up under PMEGP. The Minister said Women Entrepreneurs have set up 138516 projects since its inception till 23.01.2019.  Details of State-wise projects set up by women are as under:

Sl. No.

State/UT

Women Entrepreneurs under PMEGP

1

Jammu  & Kashmir

6586

2

Himachal Pradesh

2542

3

Punjab

3182

4

Chandigarh

132

5

Haryana

2234

6

Delhi

413

7

Rajasthan

3887

8

Uttarakhand

2767

9

Uttar Pradesh

12790

10

Chhattisgarh

3252

11

Madhya Pradesh

5280

12

Sikkim

196

13

Arunachal Pradesh

788

14

Nagaland

2019

15

Manipur

1912

16

Mizoram

2321

17

Tripura

2053

18

Meghalaya

1269

19

Assam

10738

20

Bihar

5264

21

West Bengal

11496

22

Jharkhand

2525

23

Odisha

6846

24

A & N Islands

348

25

Gujarat

5941

26

Maharashtra

9685

27

Goa

326

28

Andhra Pradesh

6933

29

Telangana

1342

30

Karnataka

5302

31

Lakshadweep

45

32

Kerala

6066

33

Tamil Nadu

11732

34

Puducherry

304

 

TOTAL

138516

 

The Minister further informed that Ministry of MSME, through KVIC, implements schemes under its Khadi Programmewith the support of 34 State/UT Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs), and 2518 Khadi Institutions. These schemes are providing employment to4.65 lakh persons (cumulative) out of which more than 80% artisans are women. During 2016-17, 14768 projects were set up by Women Entrepreneurs and Margin Money (MM) of 38949.15Lakh Rupees were disbursed. During 2017-18 the number of projects set up by women entrepreneurs was 15669 with MM of 46355.86 Lakh Rupees. State wise details are as follows:

Sl. No.

State/UT

2016-17

2017-18

No. of Projects set up

MM subsidy disbursed

(Rs. in lakh)

No. of Projects set up

MM subsidy disbursed

(Rs. in lakh)

1

Jammu  & Kashmir

476

634.15

1188

1718.41

2

Himachal Pradesh

198

422.73

303

765.23

3

Punjab

454

1316.11

580

1861.72

4

Chandigarh

14

25.07

18

32.58

5

Haryana

283

662.57

422

958.11

6

Delhi

40

58.51

43

57.16

7

Rajasthan

314

1250.10

337

1332.04

8

Uttarakhand

296

528.92

327

676.04

9

Uttar Pradesh

1387

5030.05

1492

5417.78

10

Chhattisgarh

319

977.37

327

959.80

11

Madhya Pradesh

512

2100.23

518

2645.46

12

Sikkim

11

11.16

15

19.35

13

Arunachal Pradesh

104

138.50

86

121.22

14

Nagaland

334

626.72

427

1178.34

15

Manipur

223

581.75

237

473.38

16

Mizoram

128

217.30

134

133.83

17

Tripura

452

734.81

261

393.52

18

Meghalaya

142

155.15

31

56.98

19

Assam

1484

1015.53

581

528.41

20

Bihar

915

2115.84

647

1778.56

21

West Bengal

802

1535.21

406

1144.53

22

Jharkhand

292

494.67

215

537.20

23

Odisha

942

2144.02

777

2095.83

24

A & N Islands

22

15.33

38

33.02

25

Gujarat

567

3905.07

1017

7785.33

26

Maharashtra

783

2233.86

1079

3153.11

27

Goa

37

95.36

19

43.08

28

Andhra Pradesh

294

2631.29

719

2761.31

29

Telangana

218

812.76

370

1534.84

30

Karnataka

816

2362.30

580

1853.93

31

Kerala

635

1112.50

525

960.76

32

Tamil Nadu

1248

2955.01

1929

3314.02

33

Puducherry

26

49.20

21

30.98

 

TOTAL

14768

38949.15

15669

46355.86

 

 

 Giriraj Singh also informed the House about the MSME Ministry’s Village IndustriesProgramme , Mission Solar Charkha , Khadi Reform and Development Programme,  Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries, Capacity Building through training programmes  and  Research and Development (R&D)  for stepping up productivity, which have helped women entrepreneurs.

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The 13th edition of  PETROTECH - 2019, India’s flagship hydrocarbon Conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra modi at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida in  Uttar Pradesh today.

In his inaugural address PM underlined the importance of energy as a key driver of socio-economic growth. “Suitably priced, stable and sustainable energy supply, is essential for rapid growth of the economy. It also helps the poor and deprived sections of society, to partake of economic benefits,” he added.

Stating that the there is a shift in energy consumption from West to East, PM said that United States has become the world’s largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution. However there are signs of convergence, between cheaper renewable energy, technologies, and digital applications which may expedite the achievement of many sustainable development goals..

PM told that it is the need of the hour “ ...move to responsible pricing, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer. We also need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas. Only then can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner.”

Reminding the global community to join hands in tackling the challenge of climate change, he said targets we set for ourselves at COP-21 in Paris can be achieved. In this context, he mentioned that  India has made rapid strides in meeting its commitments..

PM  congratulated His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber for his contribution to the energy sector and vision for the future.  He said that Industry 4.0 will change the way industry operates, with new technology and processes. Our companies are adopting latest technologies to improve efficiency, increase safety and reduce costs, he added.

PM emphasized that people must have universal access to clean, affordable, sustainable and equitable supply of energy as he lamented that although,” we are entering an era of greater energy availability. But more than a billion people across the globe still do not have access to electricity. Many more do not have access to clean cooking fuel”. He added that India has taken a lead in addressing these issues of energy access..

He said that currently, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world and could be the second largest economy in the world by 2030 and also the third largest energy consumer in the world. With energy demand expected to more than double by 2040 and India remains attractive market for energy companies, he added.

PM recalled the last PETROTECH Conference in December 2016, where he mentioned about four pillars for India’s energy future - energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. Energy justice is also a key objective and now  a top priority for India. He said, “Towards this end, we have developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident. Electricity has reached all our rural areas”, he added. PM  emphasized that energy justice can be done only when people believe in their collective power.  

Declaring that a ‘Blue Flame Revolution’ is under-way. LPG coverage has reached more than 90% percent, from 55% five years ago. “, PM said last five years have seen major reforms in India’s oil and gas sector. “ India today has the fourth largest refining capacity in the world. This will further grow by about 200 million metric tons by 2030.”, he added.

He noted that India is making rapid strides towards a gas based economy. Over sixteen thousand kilometres of gas pipeline has been constructed and an additional eleven thousand kilometers is under construction. The tenth bid round for City Gas Distribution cover over four hundred districts and extend coverage of City Gas Distribution to seventy percent of our population”,he added.

Leading lights from the oil and gas sector are attending PETROTECH 2019. Over the last quarter century, PETROTECH has served as a platform to discuss solutions to challenges faced in the energy sector.. PETROTECH provides the perfect setting to ponder over the future of the energy sector and provides the platform to reflect upon how global shifts, transitions, policies and new technologies will influence market stability and future investments in the sector.

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