Amid rising demand by farmers for normal energy provide within the daytime, the state authorities has turned to solar energy to fulfil energy necessities in Maharashtra. Farmers want electrical energy to function irrigation pumps, whereas all mechanised operations in agriculture and allied sectors require electrical energy.
Since energy provide in rural areas is irregular, farmers are compelled to work on their fields at evening, and this has remained unaddressed for a number of a long time now. Load shedding throughout the day is widespread.
State Power Minister Nitin Raut instructed The Indian Express, “We have decided to provide solar energy, which will serve a twin purpose. First, it will help provide uninterrupted power supply to farmers in the fields for at least eight hours daily in the daytime. Second, 10,000 villages that have remained without electricity can get power using solar energy.”
He added that the vitality division was engaged on the five-year plan. The vitality minister stated, “Solar energy was inevitable, so as to cope with the rising demand for power during the day by the agriculture sector.”
Raut additionally stated since energy provide to farmers for agricultural actions was extremely subsidised, they needed to search for another renewable vitality supply like photo voltaic to minimise long-term expenditure.
Officials within the vitality division stated the conservative estimate of the subsidy for farmers and allied sectors is Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 crore per 12 months. During peak summer season, when energy demand goes up, the associated fee for procuring energy additionally got here at the next value, they added.
Officials additionally stated the subsidy to farmers, nevertheless, remained fixed leading to greater expenditure that needed to be cross subsidised to recuperate cash via energy equipped to industries and home customers.
According to Raut, “In the next five years, the state would be in a position to generate 17,385 MW from solar energy with an investment worth Rs 75,000 crore.”
He added that the initiatives will probably be undertaken via public-private partnerships.
“The surplus solar energy will help farmers receive eight hours of power during the day. And part of the solar energy could be provided to the industrial sector. Since the solar energy cost will be lower compared to thermal, it would boost both agriculture and industrial sectors,” he stated.
He added, “We intend to bring five lakh pumps under solar energy in the next five years,” including, “using solar energy, we plan to provide electricity to 10,000 households in remote and distant areas. These are small and scattered villages/hamlets reeling from lack of power supply.”
Raut stated the contribution of solar energy would account for as much as 30 per cent of the general requirement by 2030, and that, at current, nearly 80 per cent vitality was based mostly on coal and fossil gasoline.
Dismissing apprehension over monetary feasibility side, Raut stated, “Solar power is economically viable. There is huge interest in this sector envisaged as it is financially viable and compatible environmentally.”
The state authorities was reaching out to personal gamers in its endeavour to advertise photo voltaic vitality, and it was an important alternative for industries and traders to discover this sector preserving the social side in thoughts, he added.
He additionally stated the federal government promised single-window clearances via a platform designed by the industries division for all these eager on investing on this sector, together with a devoted liaisoning officer for large photo voltaic initiatives. A coordination committee will conduct month-to-month opinions to establish the progress for initiatives above 25 MW, he added.