New Delhi: India will subsidize the running of solar power plants to help develop a renewable energy infrastructure, where high costs can be prohibitive, the minister for renewable energy said on Wednesday.
Renewable energy accounts for about 7.5% of India’s installed generation capacity of 127,673MW, a rate that compares favourably with much of the rest of the world.
Alternative initiative: A file photo of solar panels at a village in Chhattisgarh. Much of the 7.5% of India’s installed generation capacity is wind-based, and the share of solar power is small.
Much of this capacity is wind-based, and the share of solar power is small.
“My ministry will provide financial assistance amounting to Rs12 per kilowatt hour in case of solar photovoltaic and Rs10 per kilowatt hour in case of solar thermal power fed to the electricity grid,” Vilas Muttemwar said in a press conference.
The private sector is expected to invest about Rs1,000 crore in solar plants eligible for aid under the scheme during the five years to 2012, Muttemwar said.
A maximum capacity of 10MW in each of the country’s states and a maximum of 5MW per developer will be considered under the scheme. Capital investors will not be allowed to apply, a statement from the ministry said.
Developers will sell electricity to state-run utilities and the incentives will be paid to them based on the tariff the utilities provide, the statement said.
The incentives, for a period of 10 years, will be over and above any financial assistance provided by the states, said V. Subramanian, secretary to the ministry.