UP heads towards solar energy revolution, aims to generate 22,000 MW of solar power in 5 years

Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, at a high level meeting on Sunday, reviewed the energy requirements of the state, emphasising on the need to promote solar power projects. The chief minister has given clear instructions to the concerned authorities to prepare a new solar energy policy.

“Commitment to environmental protection and promotion of non-conventional energy alternatives is necessary to meet the growing energy needs. Solar energy is a very useful medium from this point of view,” the CM said. “Although efforts have been made in this direction in the last few years, we need to have more planned efforts and accelerate it to achieve the goal of self-reliance in the energy sector,” he added.

“Concerted efforts are required to encourage solar power generation in the state. We have to minimise our dependence on conventional energy options,” CM Yogi said. “Therefore, a new solar energy policy should be prepared keeping in view the future needs. Our target should be to generate 22,000 MW of solar power in the next five years,” he added.

“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Uttar Pradesh government is working on an important plan to develop Ayodhya as a ‘Model Solar City’,” he said. “This project will set benchmarks for other cities. All necessary efforts in this regard should be made in a time bound manner,” he added.

“A conducive environment for private sector investment in the field of solar energy generation and storage will have to be provided. Single window system may be introduced for timely completion of projects. All necessary support, including easy availability of land and capital subsidy will be provided for the investing companies in the solar energy sector” CM Yogi said. “While framing a new solar energy policy, do consult the industry. Understand the needs of the investing entities/companies. Take the opinion of all the parties and prepare the new policy after extensive consultation,” he added.

“Public awareness has to be increased to promote installation of solar power plants on the roof of buildings. In this regard, a solar cell should be constituted in the districts under the chairmanship of the Chief Development Officer. Registration of all solar projects should be made mandatory,” the chief minister said.

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“People should be encouraged to install rooftop solar power plants in all government, residential, public sector and private commercial buildings as well as educational institutions. Solar plant should also be installed on the water body. These should be linked to the net billing/net metering system as per the requirement,” he further said.

“Prisoners should be given training to make solar energy equipment like solar power panels, LED bulbs etc. It will be useful in encouraging MSMEs and startups to adopt and implement Solar Rooftop Model,” the chief minister said.