The Prime Minister called for establishment of some model solar cities, where the power requirement is fulfilled solely by solar energy. A similar effort, he said can be made to make certain localities kerosene-free.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed progress of key infrastructure sectors including petroleum and natural gas, power, renewable energy and housing. The review meeting, which came soon after the review of connectivity-related infrastructure sectors in the last week of April, lasted for about three hours, and was attended by top officials from PMO, NITI Aayog and all infrastructure Ministries of the Government of India.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is working on a set of guidelines to provide compensation to solar power generators in case they are asked to back-down capacity by distribution companies.
With sales of LED bulbs exceeding 6 lakh a day, India can proudly claim achieving a substantial benchmark of distributing over 20 crore LED bulbs under its flagship UJALA scheme and more than 10 crore by the industry outside the UJALA scheme. Alongside, close to 16.5 Lakh Street bulbs have been replaced with LED Lights throughout the country under Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).
Over 30 crore energy efficient LED bulbs have already been distributed so far which includes 20 crore LED bulbs by the EESL under the government’s UJALA scheme and more than 10 crores by the private domestic LED companies.
Union minister of state for power, renewable energy, coal and mines, Piyush Goyal said on Monday that India was fast emerging as the LED capital of the world.
a majority of the bigger investments have come from Mauritius, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Spain, US and Seychelles. Under automatic route for projects of renewable power generation and distribution, 100 per cent FDI is allowed subject to provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003.
India witnessed a total of $1.77 billion equity investment in the form of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the non-conventional energy sector between April 2014 and September 2016, the Modi government said in an “Achievement Report” of its flagship Make in India initiative.
For hotels and industries that have been violating the solar norms claiming installation of rooftop solar power systems is next to impossible in already-built buildings, the state government has come up with an alternative.