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Solar Energy in India Imperative for Rich State of Haryana But Desperately Poor in Renewable Energy

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Solar Energy in India is starting to take off through the central government’s ambitious JNNSM plan of generating 20 GW of solar power by 2022.Solar Energy in India is one of the biggest opportunities in the Global Energy Market.Big Sunny states like Gujarat and Rajasthan have made a huge push towards installing Solar Energy while other states are trying to catch¬† up.Tamil Nadu which is the Greenest Indian State is also trying to ramp up its act in Solar Energy .Other states like Punjab are also promoting Solar Energy by installing Solar Panels in prominent landmarks like the Golden Temple.

Haryana is one of the richest states in India strategically located near India’s capital of Delhi.Haryana cities like Gurgaon and Faridabad have benefited hugely from being part of India’s National Capital Region (NCR).However Haryana only generates 0.5% of its 4000 MW of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources.The state has negligible Wind or Biomass Energy.Despite a Department of Renewable Energy being setup to specifically promote the use of Alternative Energy Sources,the state has not had much success.Haryana is richly endowed with Solar Energy Resources with 320 days sunny days.The State has managed to win some allocation from the centre’s JNNSM scheme.It is also promoting the use of solar energy through disseminating solar kits amongst 2000 schools and providing solar lighting in around 500 villages.

Haryana is investing in installing solar energy in public places like Raj Bhawan and collectorates of 10 districts.This is being further followed by the Haryana Power Generation Corporation planning to put up Solar Plants in 3 districts near existing Fossil Fuel Plants.The State Plans to use the JNNSM scheme to get funds for running these Solar Plants.The State already provides a number of subsidies for Solar Water Heating, Solar Lighting,Solar Coolers and Solar Lanterns.However for Solar Energy to make a big impact,large residential and commercial Solar Plants will have to be built.Note India’s Electricity Regulator CERC¬† had already made it mandatory for 6% of the Electricity to be generated from Renewable Energy Sources.Haryana has a long way to go to achieve 6% which will increase to 15% by 2020 and might have to buy a huge amount of expensive Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) unless it gets its act together.

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