The Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy held its meeting on February 19 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and reviewed progress of implementation of solar park scheme and also steps taken by the NTPC to reduce emissions and increase efficiency.
The meeting was chaired by Piyush Goyal , Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New & Renewable Energy and was attended by members of the Lok Sabha Bharat Singh, Om Prakash Yadav, Sushil Kishore Singh, Jayadev Galla, and Member of the Rajya Sabha Bashistha Narain Singh .
The NDA Government under PM Narendra Modi has initiated worlds’s largest Renewable Energy programme by increasing 5 folds its targets from exiting 35000 MW to 175GW capacity by 2022.
Goyal also informed the Members that the installed capacity of solar power in India crossed the milestone of 5,000 MW in January this year and would achieve target of 18,000 MW by end of next year.
To achieve above stated objective, Upendra Tripathy, Secretary informed the Members that the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has initiated several projects like Scheme for Development of Solar Parks. It is envisaged to achieve 20GW through ultra-mega solar parks. MNRE approved 33 solar parks in 21 States with aggregate capacity of 19,900 MW.
A detailed presentation highlighting salient features of the Scheme and physical and financial status of solar park scheme was given by Ashvini Kumar , MD , Solar Energy Corporation of India ( SECI). Giving details , he said that as against 25 solar parks planned , the Ministry has approved 33 solar parks in 21 states with aggregate capacity of 19,900 MW. SECI has been made implementing agency and out of Rs 374crore sanctioned , it has released Rs 54.93 crore to respective States development agencies. Depending upon the progress of works, solar parks have been categorised into “A”, B & C .
In his presentation, Gurdeep Singh , CMD , NTPC explained to the Members about various steps taken by the NTPC to reduce emissions in air and water and also to increase efficiency of plants.
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