Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal announced the budget for 2021-22. Precautions have been taken to set up solar projects with a capacity of 93 MW, among other things.
Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) will build 77 MW of these announced solar projects on their land and the remaining 16 MW on land owned by village councils (panchayats).
The budget also includes 12,000 solar LED street lights for installation in rural areas. Five thousand of these lights will use 12W LEDs, while 1,000 high-mast LED solar lights will contain CCTV cameras.
Lal also said the state would distribute 49,500 solar inverter chargers, install 1.2 MW solar power systems in cow stalls and provide 20,000 households with solar lighting systems during the year. The city of Panchkula would be developed into a solar or green city with the aim of meeting 20% of its energy needs from solar or renewable sources.
To promote electric mobility in the state, Haryana also intends to introduce 124 zero-emission, all-electric buses in the state on a gross cost model. Lal noted that the state will push for the introduction of electric vehicles and build the necessary infrastructure across the state. It is also planned to formulate a comprehensive policy for electric vehicles to further promote adoption.
In his lecture, the Prime Minister said the state had started implementing its program to set up 50,000 off-grid solar pumps and a 75% subsidy. 30% of the grant is provided by central financial support within the framework of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program. Announced in the previous year’s budget, it envisaged the gradual installation of 15,000 pumps with 3 to 10 HP in the first phase and the remaining 35,000 pumps in the second phase.
The minister also spoke of a mega-project allocated £ 70.8 billion (~ USD 975.5 million) to a private company at IMT Sohna. Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation allocated 178 acres for this project. The company plans to invest £ 70 billion ($ 964 million) in supplying batteries to electric two-wheel, three-wheel and smartphone companies over the next several years.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Haryana has around 147 MW operational solar power projects and over 610 MW projects in the development pipeline.
Recently, the Delhi government presented its budget for 2021-22, which highlighted several sops for electric vehicles, public transport and solar projects. The energy sector has allocated £ 32.27 billion (~ US $ 442.18 million).
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