Solar Energy Scheme Yet to be Finalized

Published on: 22 Aug, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, General Kerala News

22 August 2013


Despite the wide range of discussions the State witnessed against the backdrop of the solar panel scam, the government is yet to finalise a solar energy policy. Several States in the country have already implemented the policy to facilitate smooth generation and transmission of solar energy.

M. Jayaraju, Director, Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), told The Hindu that the policy was drafted a fortnight ago and a final version would be published after the Cabinet approves it.

However, sources said a draft policy on solar energy had been conceptualised much earlier and the ANERT was supposed to implement it from April 1 this year. But the government did not approve the plan.

The basis of a policy on solar energy evolves from the Electricity Act, 2003, which emphasises on promotion of renewable energy. It mandates specified consumption from renewable sources in the commercial and domestic power circuit. Accordingly, Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) that includes solar power purchase obligations will become mandatory.

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