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Web Exclusive | January 2013

High cost reduces popularity of solar power in Haryana

Owing to the high cost of solar power, renewable energy has not gained popularity in Haryana and because of this, the state government could not attain the target of generating 500 mw power from this source, reports suggest.

As against the target of generating 500 mw from renewable energy sources by the end of 2012, the state could achieve just over 164 mw.

According to the renewable energy department of Haryana government, high prices of green energy reduced the already tiny consumer-base for alternative power.

The central government subsidises solar power. But even then, the costs were quite high. This led to a decline in its popularity, and made people more averse to spending money on it, said Karnail Singh Sandhu, project officer, solar energy, HAREDA.

To overcome the issue, the state government introduced new subsidies this year. To government agencies, schools and other facilities, the centre was giving 30 percent financial assistance on solar power. Now, the state is offering an additional 40 percent, making personal solar plants 70 percent cheaper, he said, adding that 2013 is going to be a good year for the department.

The state is generating around 7.8 mw of solar electricity at the moment, and another 6.5 mw have been commissioned under various projects, carried out in partnership with private firms.

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