Friday, August 6, 2010

Solar power for Rajasthan

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation on Monday released a draft “Solar Policy-2010” to tap the potential of solar energy in the State and set ambitious targets under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The Corporation has invited comments from experts, investors and public at large by July 31 for finalising the policy.

According to an official release, the objective of the policy is to establish Rajasthan as a national leader in solar energy in a phased manner by creating a framework for promoting the solar energy applications. The ultimate objective is to develop a global hub of solar power of 10,000 MW to 12,000 MW capacity in the next 10 to 12 years to meet increasing energy needs.

The State Government will also promote decentralised and off-Grid solar applications, including hybrid system, to meet various electrical and thermal energy requirements. Solar parks of more than 1,000 MW capacity each will be developed in Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Barmer and Jodhpur districts.

As part of the policy, the State Government will act as facilitator to attract global investment and provide necessary infrastructure through RREC as the nodal agency to ramp up solar power generation capacity.