Chandigarh, Apr 29 UNI | 3 months ago

Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Chairman R N Prasher today urged the industry to submit a set of recommendations for creation of draft renewable energy policy in the state.

Mr Prasher was addressing the gathering at the CII-HREDA 'Seminar on Green Growth-Renewable Energy Opportunities in Haryana' at Gurgaon today.

He encouraged Industry including Hotels, Hospitals, Government Buildings etc to co-generate the electricity from renewable sources, especially to tap the Roof Top Solar energy. He requested the State Government to provide suitable measures for connectivity with the grid and sale of electricity through distribution companies through Net Metering.

He emphasised that stand-alone solar plants are not a very successful model rather roof top solar should be promoted in the state.

Regional Committee on Power Reforms and Renewable Energy Co-Chairman Vikram Hans emphasised that HAREDA must incentivise green buildings and provide Grid Connectivity to Roof Top Solar energy and promised that CII will provide the crucial recommendations for Draft Policy for Renewable Energy, including Net Metering at the earliest.

Additional Deputy Commissioner cum Chief Project Officer, Renewable Energy, Gurgaon, Pushpender Singh Chauhan represented DG, HREDA at the seminar as she could not join due to flight cancellation. He shared various incentives including 30 per cent subsidy provided by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for
implementation of the Roof Top Solar Plant in Industrial units; exemption in change of land use charges; exemptions in electricity duties, besides transmission and wheeling charges and banking facilities.

He also informed that HAREDA is promoting off-grid solar power generation for captive use in industries, institutions and Government Buildings. The department is also in the process of promoting Net Metering concept in the state and has taken up the issue with the state utilities and regulator, HERC.

The State Government has also created State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF) and an amount of Rs two crore has been earmarked as revolving fund for providing interest free loan for energy efficiency investments.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)