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07 April, 2020, 09:04 AM IST

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  • According to Kumar, the Maharashtra government had given mandate for 800 mw of solar power, of which EESL has already operationalised 100 MW. Rajasthan has given EESL the mandate to set up 113 MW of solar distributed generation projects.

    "150 trains will be run in PPP mode, also four stations will be redeveloped with the help of private sector. 550 wi-fi facilities have been commissioned at railway stations," the FM Nirmala Sitharaman said in her Budget speech.

    Among the 300 projects that were approved, 35 are onshore wind projects with a total capacity of 750 megawatts, while the rest are solar.

    Wood Mackenzie estimates 420 million people now use standalone off-grid solar and another 47 million people rely on mini-grids for access to electricity. While investments in energy access have rapidly accelerated since 2016, total volumes still fall short of the total estimated financing needed to reach universal electricity access globally by 2030.

    A 500 MW solar tender issued by Gujarat has received a lukewarm response because most solar energy generators found the ceiling tariff to be too low, industry insiders said.

    Bescom wants to lure more apartments to set up rooftop solar units. It has launched a campaign, offering 20%-40% of the project cost

    The state had set an ambitious target of 30,000 MW from solar energy. In his budget speech, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said ultra-mega solar parks would be development in collaboration with private sector.

    Those who expressed reluctance did so in the belief that they could not afford the costs. Most of them were unaware of the various subsidies available for the solar installations

    The solar pumps were sanctioned through central government’s Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana and state government’s Mukhyamantri Saur Krushi Pump Yojana in which the farmers had to pay less than 10 percent of the total costs of the pump.

    This is the second such deal between the two groups. In October, Adani group company, Adani Gas, said it was in pact with Total SA which would buy 37.5% stake in the company, including a public offer to shareholders to buy a further 25.2%; such that both partners eventually hold 37.4% each. They plan to invest in infrastructure and assets worth over $1 billion, which span LNG infrastructure and marketing and fuel retail business.

    Recently, the Centre allocated Rajasthan a 25,000 MW ultra mega renewable energy park. The state government has identified land bank of 125,000 hectares in three districts — Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur—for this park.

    The project will be the biggest solar power plant in Assam and contribute towards achieving India's ambitious solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022.

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