Gujarat to provide Rs 912 crore subsidy for rooftop solar this fiscal

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Gujarat—the state which is going to host the largest wind-solar hybrid park of the world—has accorded priority to maximum use of unconventional sources of energy and preservation of environment in its budget for fiscal 2020-21.

Presenting the budget, deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel announced “the largest hybrid park of the world is coming up at Kutch, it will become the largest place in the world generating 25 GW power per year at one place through both solar and wind energy.”

For rooftop solar, the budget provides Rs 912 crore in subsidy under Surya Gujarat Yojana—a scheme under which residential consumers get 40% subsidy on the stipulated cost of the solar system up to 3 KW and 20% subsidy for more than 3 KW and up to 10 KW capacity. The surplus electricity generated can be sold to related Discom at a rate of Rs 2.25 per unit.

The Surya Gujarat Yojana scheme plans to cover 2 lakh residential consumers by 2019-20 and about 8 lakh consumers by 2021-22.

The budget 2020-21 also provides Rs 449 crore to produce 250 MW power this year under the 2.5 GW solar project in phased manner by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited on the government land located near GETCO substation.

For farmers, there is total provision of Rs 125 crore under Pradhan Mantri KUSUM Yojana to solarize 18,500 grid-connected pumps and for standalone offgrid solar power agriculture pumps.

The state government also plans to install solar-energy based hot water systems at government schools, government circuit houses and pilgrim places.

Electric vehicles

An assistance of Rs 40,000 per rickshaw will be given for 800 e-rickshaws. Further, Rs 10,000 per vehicle will be given for 1000 battery-operated two wheelers. Assistance will also be given to farmers for purchasing mini solar powered tractors and for installing charging points in cities for electric vehicles.