• Govt released Rs 509 crore for grid connected, small solar plans as on Jan 31: Piyush Goyal

    An amount of Rs 600 crore has been allocated for projects under Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme and Rs 508.84 crore has been released as on Jan 31, Piyush Goyal, power, coal, mines, renewable energy and mines minister today said in a written reply Lok Sabha.

    As per the figures given by the government, Tamil Nadu has been approved to set up the highest capacity of 312 Megawatt followed by Maharashtra at 100 MW and Gujarat at 81.75 MW.

    The Solar Energy Corporation of India has been sanctioned to set up projects of total 899.6 MW capacity, railways 502.5 MW, and government and PSU offices 482 MW.

    The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has been promoting ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme’ with a central financial assistance (CFA) of up to 30 per cent of benchmark cost in general category states and up to 70 per cent in special category states, north eastern states, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

    Residential, institutional and social sector are covered under this CFA pattern. For government sector, achievement linked incentive up to Rs 1,8750/KW in general category states and Rs 45,000/kW in special category states, north eastern states and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep is available under the programme.

    In a separate reply, Goyal also said a total of 852 projects (based on Solar PV) have been operational under Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) implemented by Ministry of Power as on Jan 31. Emmanuel Lamur Authentic Jersey

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