The government will provide 30% subsidy to domestic consumers to install solar panels on rooftops or in any space available on the ground
Now you can produce your own electricity through solar panels on rooftops to power your home. And if you manage to make more than you need at any time of the day, you can barter it to the the power grid in exchange for doscounts in your conventional electrcity bill.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on Friday approved the Madhya Pradesh Renewable Energy Policy 2016, with the slogan ‘Har Chhat Par Muskurata Suraj (Smiling Sun on Every Rooftop)’. The notification will be out early next week.
“The government will provide 30% subsidy to domestic consumers to install solar panels on rooftops or in any space available on the ground. Government buildings will get 45% subsidy and certain government undertakings will get a subsidy of 50%. Colleges and educational institutions can also install solar power units wherever free space is available on the ground,” principal secretary, renewable energy, Manu Shrivastava told reporters.
Shrivastava said that a domestic consumer can install a 3KW power unit on the rooftop for Rs 2.5 lakh. With 30% subsidy, it would cost Rs 1.75 lakh, which can be easly recovered through power savings. The unit will have a life of about 25 years and is expected to halve domestic electricity bills will. The only catch is that you have to buy made-in-India solar panels to get the subsidy.The state police HQ in the state capital installed a 100KW solar power unit last year at a cost of Rs 45 lakh. It saves the government Rs 65,000 every month on power bills.
The Narendra Modi Centre aims to produce 40,000MW of renewable energy by 2022, of which Madhya Pradesh’s target is 2,200MW. For this, the Chouhan government needs to install 22,000 solar power units of 100KW capacity throughout the state. This is why the policy implementation will start on a war-footing in urban areas, say officials.
Those who install solar panels will have a different electricity meter that will reflect the use of green energy and feed the surplus to the grid. “The metering will be both ways. It will keep track of how much surplus power the building is contributing to the grid and how much it is drawing from it,” Shrivastava said.
This is the biggest step towards green enregy since the 151MW Welspun Solar Project started operations in February 2014. It sits on 305 hectares in Jawad tehsil of Neemuch. MP is working towards the world’s largest solar power station with 750 MW capacity in Gurh tehsil of Rewa.