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Parliament panel asks govt about steps taken to achieve 10,000 MW solar energy for 2017-18

Parliament panel asks govt about steps taken to achieve 10,000 MW solar energy for 2017-18

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A Parliamentary Standing Committee has expressed apprehension about the achievement of 10,000 MW of solar energy set as target for the year 2017-18, by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.The Committee on Energy has said that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in 2016-17 had achieved just 2249.81 MW against the physical target of 12,000 MW with utilisation of only 18.75 per cent of Rs 1788 crore. The target for 2017-18 has been set with an outlay of Rs 2,661 crore.The panel found that the Ministry was far short of its target of 17000 MW cumulative solar capacity by March 2017, as on December 31, 2016, the cumulative solar capacity in the country is only 9012.46 MW that is 47 per cent short of the stipulated target.Moreover, the Committee had also shown its disappointment with the performance of the Ministry in this sector and feel that with this pace, the target of 1,00,000 MW by 2022 would be very difficult to achieve. Under the National Solar Mission the government had revised the target from 20,000 MW to 1,00,000 MW to be achieve by 2022.The panel has asked the Ministry to “Work on a mission mode so as to achieve the target of 10,000 MW set for 2017-18.” The Committee said that it should also “play a proactive role in monitoring the progress of various solar energy projects” and asked the Ministry to “ensure that implementation of the solar energy projects is not affected due to lack of adequate financial resources”.

Source:webindia123
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