Free passage for green power soon

The government will allow free transmission of power from renewable sources and may also move to double the number of solar parks in the country to 50, power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday.

“We are bringing out a legal framework where all inter-state transmission of renewable energy will be at zero cost… So, renewable energy will not be charged any transmission charges across the country,” Goyal told reporters.

He said the Centre was also talking to states to persuade them to allow free transmission within their boundaries.

Goyal said all the 25 solar parks planned by the Centre have been finalized and the states have extended support. There is so much enthusiasm, the minister said, that “I might have to approach the Cabinet for another 25 solar parks.”

The government, which has already sanctioned contracts worth Rs 38,000 crore through competitive bidding for green corridors to ensure passage of renewable energy, is identifying more such areas.

“I have already started with Rs 38,000 crore of green energy corridors. We are identifying more areas and are urging states to come with area where we can expand renewable energy so that more transmission grids can be made which the central government is doing,”

The government had last month said that it is expecting an investment of Rs 36,000 crore in green energy corridors across the country.

Ministry of new and renewable energy secretary Upendra Tripathi had earlier said that the ministry would shortly release Rs 1,074 crore to Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan for setting up of green energy corridors.

The government has set a target of 175 gw of renewable energy capacity by 2022, which includes 100 gw of solar power, 60 gw of wind power, 10 gw of biomass-fired power and 5 gw of small hydro power.

Source: TOI

 

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