Saturday, 21 December 2013

Electricity Generation from Solar and Other Renewable Projects

The per capita consumption of electricity in the country has increased from 566.69 kWh in 2002-03 to 883.63 kWh in 2011-12. 

As per census 2011, 92.7% urban households and 55.3% rural households in the country were using electricity as main source of lightning. 

The Government is encouraging generation of electricity from various renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, small hydro, biomass by giving various fiscal & financial incentives. 

This apart, the state governments are procuring electricity from renewable energy projects at preferential tariff. So far 29,536 MW of renewable power capacity have been installed in the country, which includes 19,933 MW from wind, 2079 MW from solar, 3746 MW from small hydro and 3776 MW from bio energy. 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is providing various renewable energy systems for decentralized generation of electricity. 

So far, 10,752 villages have been electrified using various renewable energy systems. About 2.55 lakh solar street lights, 9.93 lakh solar home lightening systems, 9.39 lakh solar lanterns and 138 MW of decentralized solar power plants have been installed. 

This information was given by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. 

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