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Bihar offers incentives to promote solar energy

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It has decided to exempt registration and entry taxes on installation of solar energy plants on wastelands

 

Patna: The Bihar government has come up with a policy to encourage use of solar energy in the state, which reels under a perennial power shortage.

As part of this policy, the state government has decided to exempt registration and entry taxes on installation of solar energy plants on wastelands.

The state government has done a survey which revealed that there is a tremendous scope for development of solar energy, state’s Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said.

Accordingly, the state government has devised a solar energy promotion policy to popularise solar energy, Yadav said. Proposals for generation of 250 MW through various solar power projects have been sent to the state Cabinet for approval, he said.

According to an International organisation ‘WISE’ (World Institute of Sustainable Energy) engaged in mapping prospects for production of solar energy, Bihar comes in the moderate solar radiation zone of the country.

Bihar witnesses 280 days of sunshine which reflects tremendous scope for developing solar energy market, WISE said.

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