Govt plans to roll out 3,000 MW solar power projects

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The Government of India is working on a plan to roll out 3,000 MW of grid connected solar power projects in phase 2 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, says a Hindu Business Line report.

“The government also has plans to set up four solar thermal power projects through the Solar Energy Corporation of India,” Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), said.

He said that the government will also work on 6,000 MW projects through solar specific renewable purchase obligation (RPO) scheme, and added that the renewable energy certificate (REC) scheme is expected to catch on from next year.

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“With India’s electricity shortage estimated to be 25-35 GW, the Ministry’s emphasis will be equally on the grid connected as well as the off grid applications,” Kapoor said.

“It is important to have an effective and robust rooftop policy with enough incentives to boost rooftop solar energy implementation in India, similar to Germany,” he added.

Kapoor was speaking at a conference ‘Destination India: Investment Opportunities for Solar Energy’ organised recently by FICCI during Intersolar Europe 2012 conference in Germany.

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