With a focus on solar energy, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 2,194 crore for the energy sector in its Budget for the coming fiscal year.
Out of the total expenditure for the next fiscal, Rs 1,600 crore has been set aside for power subsidy to domestic consumers, deputy chief minister
Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday while presenting the Budget. Under the subsidy scheme, in the last two years, domestic consumers consuming electricity up to 400 units per months are getting electricity at half rate.
According to the Delhi economic survey tabled in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, power consumption in the national capital has recorded an annual growth of approximately 3.39 per cent.
“Due to limitation of space in Delhi, a massive programme for developing rooftop solar power capacity has been launched. Delhi is targeting for 1,000 MW solar photovoltaic installations in 5 years and 2,000 MW till 2025,” Mr Sisodia said.
The government has introduced generation-based incentive of Rs 2 per unit (kWh) for domestic consumers for installation of solar photovoltaic power plant. In another environment-friendly measure, it has made mandatory for all public buildings having rooftop area more than 500 square meters to install solar panels.
Waste-to-energy plants with a total capacity of 52 MW have been approved at Okhla, Ghazipur and Bawana to overcome the problem of disposal of municipal solid waste. A waste-to-energy plant of 16 MW is already operational at Okhla. It is India’s largest integrated waste management project with a capacity to dispose and process 2000 tonnes garbage per day, Mr Sisodia said.