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In a proposal to the Health Department on use of alternative power, the Science and Technology Department has sent a model estimate for providing solar PV to government healthcare institutions under MNRE's off-grid solar applications programme.
The apex body in wind sector, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) addressed the media to discuss the wind power development in Rajasthan. In the year 2015-16, Rajasthan installed 688 MW and the current total installation is 4,237 MW till January 2017. The wind sector expressed confidence of growth of wind energy in the state.
The work on Jammu and Kashmir's first wind power project, to be built in Reasi district at an estimated cost of Rs 46 crore, will begin in 2017-18 fiscal, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said. National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous institute under MNRE, has identified a windy site at Bidda village in Reasi which has a potential to generate 25 MW power.
The work on Jammu and Kashmir's first wind power project, to be built in Reasi district at an estimated cost of Rs.46 crore, will begin in 2017-18 fiscal, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said.
Capacity addition in Renewable Energy (RE) has shown a steady progress in the past decade. Though wind energy is leading the RE basket, solar, biomass and small hydro have made significant progress in the last few years.
While India is making steady headway on the transmission front and the sector has witnessed commendable growth over the last few years with substantial capacity additions, the distribution or last mile connectivity is still a concern in India.
The budgetary allocation to MNRE has increased 26 per cent to Rs 10,814 crore for 2017-18. However, the projects would have to depend on the coal cess pool, as more than half of the ministry’s budget would come from the National Environment Fund (NEF).
Solar installations in India reached 4 GW in 2016, and are expected to surpass 9 GW in 2017, an incredible pace of growth considering India installed just 883 MW in 2014. With exponential growth in the sector, the government wants to ramp up domestic manufacturing to decrease the volume of solar module imports which, along with installations, has also increased dramatically.