Govt plans policy for solar zones by June

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The Central government is planning to come up with a policy for solar zones in order to encourage manufacturers to make solar power generators and equipments. The policy is expected to be unveiled by June 2016.

“We have been working on a new policy for solar zones, which would be spread over one or even more districts of a state to encourage generators as well as equipment manufactures,” ministry of new and renewable energy joint secretary Tarun Kapoor told PTI.

“The work on the policy is almost complete and it will be launched next month,” he added.

One of the important things about this policy is that the developer would have to acquire land for the project and the government officials wil provide inputs about land availability. It is upto the developer how he arranges the land, he can either buy it take it on lease.

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The joint secretary alaos said that each solar zone will have a central office which will be set up with support from the state governments and their job will be to guide the developers.

India plans to have 175GW renewable power capacity by 2022, including 100 GW of solar and 60GW of wind.

By Atanu Kumar Das

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