Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation has fixed a target to install 10 MW solar power stations by the year 2017 in the State. The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission keeping in view the central policy directive of mandatory solar power purchase obligations has come out with a regulation recently to start with 0.1 percent solar energy purchases in the year 2011-12 and 2012-13 by the distribution licensee.
This was disclosed by Asha Swarup, Chief Secretary speaking on the inaugural occasion of symposium on Policy Issue on Electricity Reforms and Solar Power Generation in Himachal Pradesh today in Shimla. The Symposium was organised by the Centre of Excellence in Energy & Environment, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur.
Chief Secretary said the total installed capacity in India was 1, 62,367 MW and a target had been fixed to add 78000 MW more by 2012 whereas demand by 2030 is anticipated as 9,50,000 MW. The need of the hour was effective private sector participation in generation transmission and distribution to grow at a faster pace, she added.
She said the immediate aim of Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission is to focus on setting up of an enabling environment for solar penetration in the country both at a centralized and decentralized level. She said that the price of solar energy had declined 4 percent per annum on an average over the past 15 years.
Prof. Deepak Sharma from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia delivered keynote address on International Status and Experience Sharing on Electricity Reforms.
BM Sood, Director, Himurja also made a presentation on National Solar Mission Guidelines for Power Generation.