‘Maha records impressive growth in solar energy use’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Nov 2017 09:29:41


Business Bureau,

Expressing satisfaction over growing number of solar power installations in the State, the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) on Thursday said that it would further give a push to the concept of renewable energy in the current year and take the number of solar power installations to a new high.

P V Jadhav, Additional Director General, MEDA said this at a one-day conference on ‘Solar Roofs: Nagpur 2017’ jointly organised by the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), MEDA and SolarQuarter here in the city.

“As many as domestic and commercial power consumers in the State have been adopting the option of solar energy. Maharashtra has recorded an impressive growth in the sector in last year. With the total number of solar power installation of 42 MW in a span of one year, Maharashtra bagged top position among all the states in the country ,” he said.

Though the Central Government had set a target for all the State to felicitate installations generating 100 MW power each in the last one year, Maharashtra could witness facilities with a total capacity of 42 MW only. “Though we missed the target, our performance in creating awareness on solar power was satisfactory. and we are confident that in the coming days, the State will see more such facilities,” Jadhav said. MEDA has recently introduced on-line facility for availing 30 per cent subsidy being offered by the Central Government to those using solar energy.

Atul Pande, President of VIA, in his introductory remarks said that India has huge potential for the renewable energy. However, he said that policy makers should encourage power consumers to switch on to solar and other renewable energy sources by way of offering incentives.
In the technical sessions, the experts in the field of solar power and other stakeholders discussed various parameters in an attempt to promote use of solar energy.

In one of the sessions, Giridhari Mantri, Joint Secretary of VIA and a panelists, highlighted that many industrialist who have installed solar panels have been struggling to get subsidy. ‘Despite of fact that the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency has introduced on-line system, subsidy remains a distant dream for many beneficiaries. It is discouraging many industrialists as they are not getting the subsidy promised by the Government,” he said. The Union Ministry of Non-renewable Energy had announced 30 per cent subsidy for consumers going in for solar panels. But Mantri said that the beneficiaries have been running from pillar to post to avail the subsidy. “Ideally the Government should have encouraged the industrialist so that others could get motivated and the solar energy could be popularized among others. But it seems that the hurdles in claiming subsidy is defeating the purpose of promotion of solar energy,” he said.

Kishore Shinde, General Manager of MEDA, said he would look into the matter and try to resolve it at the earliest possible. R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Cell of VIA; S B Jaiswal, Executive Engineer in Nagpur Municipal Corporation were among the panelists while Rahul Dasari, Director and Chief Executive, Sunshot Energy was the moderator.