Dehradun: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday launched the ambitious ‘Mukhya Mantri Saur Swarojgar Yojana’ which aims to generate self-employment to 10,000 people in the state.
The CM said that through this project, the government would give opportunity to the youths to set up solar power plants of 25-kilowatt (KW) capacity. He said that the process of applying for the scheme should be kept simple and land conversion should be completed within a week.
According to officials, around 1.5 naali (land measurement unit) to 2 naali land is required to set up a 25-kw solar plant. The total project cost of each plant is estimated to be Rs 10 lakh. On the basis of average sunlight received in state, a plant can generate 38,000 units of power each year.
The beneficiaries can take loan from cooperative or nationalised banks. The co-operative bank will provide loan for this scheme for 15 years at an interest rate of 8%.
The CM pointed out that a four-month time period haas been wasted due to Covid-19 outbreak and the projects needs to be executed at “double the pace in the next eight months”.
“Permanent residents of the state can set up solar power plants on their private land or on lease,” he added
The list of all these transformers would be made available online. Electricity generated from the project allocated under the scheme will be purchased at rates determined by the UPCL for 25 years.
For this, a power purchase agreement (PPA) will be made with the concerned beneficiary.