Draft UP Solar Policy envisages 1 GW by 2017

Uttar Pradesh Solar POWER-POLICY-DRAFT-Ver 2 2012

Electric power and its easy availability is an established benchmark of development and an essential prerequisite for all-round prosperity. No major economic activity can be sustained without adequate and reliable source of power.

The economic development of Uttar Pradesh has been seriously hampered by inadequate availability of power. In view of the fact that the conventional sources of power are fast depleting and pose threat of environment pollution too, the challenge before the State Government is not only to meet the ever growing demand for power but also to progressively increase the share of renewable sources in the power-mix so as to achieve
overall energy security.

The State of Uttar Pradesh is endowed with vast potential of solar power and the Government is keen to tap this resource to improve the availability of power in the State by promoting the establishment of solar energy based power projects, both grid connected and off-grid type. For the attainment of this goal, a comprehensive policy framework is an imperative requirement.

Therefore, the Government of Uttar Pradesh adopts and announces the Solar Power Policy as under:

The policy aims at achieving the following objectives:-

a) To promote generation and use of clean and green power in the State by harnessing solar energy
b) To put in place an appropriate investment climate which could stimulate private sector participation in development of solar power
c) To spread environmental awareness among the general public
d) To contribute to productive use of wastelands
e) To enhance skills and create employment opportunities
f) To promote establishment of local manufacturing facilities
g) To build capacity in the State to initiate and sustain, use and effective management of newer technologies

This policy will come into effect from the date of issuance and shall remain in operation up to 31st March 2017. Solar power plants approved, installed and commissioned during this period alone shall be eligible for benefits of this policy. However, no benefit of this policy will be available to projects set up under any incentive scheme of MNRE.

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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