Uttar Pradesh: 1,370MW solar projects set up in 4 years
august 12, 2021

LUCKNOW: As the state government aims to install solar power projects of 10,700 MW capacity by 2022, it has achieved target of 1,370 MW in the last four-and-a-half years.

The data shared by state government on Wednesday shows this is around 13% of what it plans in next one year.

A government spokesperson said Yogi Adityanath was working on a plan to set up an ultra-mega solar park in UP apart from the 417 MW solar projects in construction stage. "Big investors are coming forward to invest in solar energy sector in UP. Several investment proposals for solar power projects are under consideration," he said.

Under the incentive provisions of UP Solar Policy-2017, 100% exemption in stamp and electricity duty for 10 years is being given to investors through online single window clearance system. This has led to 11 private companies in solar energy sector set up their plants in seven districts - Bundelkhand, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur.

He said thousands of people got employment in solar energy projects in UP while power supply has become more regular in rural areas.

The business of solar panels, solar lights, solar batteries and solar cookers has also picked up in the state, providing jobs to thousands of people, he added.

India's total installed renewable energy generation capacity crossed 100 GW mark on Thursday and the country is fourth in the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. The country has set an ambitious target to have 175 GW or 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.

"The total installed renewable energy capacity in India, excluding large hydro, has crossed the mile-stone of 100 GW. Today, India stands at 4th position in the world in terms of installed RE capacity, 5th in solar and 4th in wind in terms of installed capacity," an official release said.

While 100 GW has been installed, 50 GW is under installation and 27 GW is under tendering. If large hydro is included the installed renewable energy capacity increases to 146 GW, the release said.

"Another landmark day in the history of the Indian Power Sector. Our installed Renewable Energy capacity (excluding large Hydro) has crossed 1,00,000 Megawatts," Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said in a tweet.

Besides, the country aims to have 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.