Bangalore, May 14 UNI | 3 months ago

The Karnataka government will announce a new Solar Policy to attract investment and tap available Solar and Wind energy sources, Minister for Energy D K Shivakumar said today.

Speaking at the curtain raiser for a three-day Green Summit 2014 from June 5 to 7 here, the Minister said the State has potentiality to tap 12,000 mw of solar and wind energy.

The minister said the new Solar Policy will be placed in the Cabinet Meeting scheduled for tomorrow for its approval. The State government had sanctioned generation of 10,000 mw of power through solar, wind and other sources of renewal energy and sanctioned to about 200 players but only 40 have started.

Mr Shivkumar said it was also mooted to encourage farmers to install solar plants of one mw to three mw capacity in their agriculture land. 'This can be taken up even through pool of land and necessary law will be amended in the Policy. There is no need for the farmer to sell the land,' he added.

The minister said the state has achieved self-sufficiency in energy production and has successfully managed the power supply this summer except for some hic ups. The State has capacity to generate 14,000 mw of power and 1000 mw is coming from National Grid. The industries are utilising 22 per cent of the power generated and 13 per cent was used for commercial purpose.

He said the State was giving Rs 10,000 crore as subsidy out of the Rs 6,000 crore given for Irrigation Pump sets.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)