In a move aimed at generating energy savings, reducing air pollution and bringing power to rural areas, India’s Maharashtra state is set to implement an off-grid energy scheme after it was approved by the state cabinet yesterday.
According to the state’s chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (pictured), ‘The government has decided to promote solar off-grid energy policy to encourage use of new and renewable energy.’
Over the next five years, the state aims to generate 200 MWe from on-site solar systems and 4 MWe from biogas, and to set up microgrid pilot projects in two villages which currently lack electricity. The state also aims to install solar heaters in government buildings.
A state spokesman was quoted as saying that the subsidy will cover 100% of the costs of installing 1 kW to 50 kW solar systems for residential housing associations, commercial rooftops and government buildings.
State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said: ‘As per our plans, the solar power use will help in saving 500 MW of electricity.’