With a vision of providing environmentally clean power to all, the LDF government is expecting to produce 1,000 MW of power from roof-top solar. In its maiden budget, the government said that the mega project would be kickstarted this year.
As a first step of promoting solar energy, solar panels would be installed on roof tops of all government offices. An assistance of Rs 200 crore was expected from NABARD’s green fund, he said.
Stating that that the total outlay for the power sector was RS 1380 crore, Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac in the budget also said that if power production was not increased, it could lead to more dependence and increase in power hike.
Of the Rs 390 crore earmarked for power production, he said that an amount of Rs 50
crore would be for conventional energy. An amount of rs 44 crore has also been allotted for ANERT. Issac also said that the total outlay for the 200 MW solar park in Kasargode was Rs 1600 crore.
The government also looks forward to distribute LED bulbs to all households and an amount of Rs 250 crore has been allotted. With the aim of converting to LED bulbs and solar power, the government is also looking forward for setting
up a large-scale factory for manufacturing LED bulbs and solar panels. An amount of Rs 25 lakh has been allotted for preparing a project report on whether the defunct Excel glass factory could be used for this.
Source:The New Indian Express