Jharkhand Solar Policy: Jharkhand to unveil new solar policy to generate 4,000 MW in 5 years

The Jharkhand government is ready to unveil an ambitious new solar policy aimed at increasing clean energy capacity up to 4,000 megawatts over the next five years and attracting investors, an official has said.

To encourage families to use solar panels on rooftops in cities, a subsidy of up to 80% of the total installation cost will be given to people with an annual income of less than Rs 3 lakh.

The Jharkhand Solar Policy, 2022, which also aims to create jobs, growth opportunities and sustainability, will be unveiled by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on July 5, the official said.

Currently, the state generates less than 45 MW of solar power.

“The new policy is progressive and investor-friendly. Land rules have been simplified and several other projects such as floating solar projects and canal top solar projects have been introduced in the new policy,” Development Agency Project Manager Bijay Kumar Sinha told PTI. Jharkhand Renewable Energy (JREDA).

Earlier in August 2015, the state notified its first Solar Power Policy with a target to generate 2,650 megawatts of solar power by 2020. It also launched the “Jharkhand Solar Rooftop Policy, 2018 to promote rooftop solar installations.

However, the initiatives failed to attract private investors for several reasons, including land and incentive issues.

To address these issues, the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has partnered with the Energy, Environment and Water Council, a non-profit policy research institute in foreground, to draft the new policy.

The policy sets a cumulative goal of producing 4,000 MW of solar power over the next five years.

According to the policy, there are three broad categories of projects – utility scale solar, distributed solar and off-grid solar – with different target generations.

The policy provides for the installation of solar power plants on government and private land and water bodies, including dams and canals.

Jharkhand has 31 reservoirs with a cumulative area of ​​354 km², indicating a conserving potential of 1160 MW. The policy also aims to deploy 400 MW of solar installations at the head of the canal.

“We have also proposed to create a land bank under the policy so that private parties can easily obtain land for solar power projects,” Sinha said.

A total of 1,000 model solar villages will be set up to ensure full solarization of various consumption and generation loads, he said.

Jharkhand has solar energy potential due to its topography. The state has around 300 days of bright sunshine with strong solar insolation.

In an effort to promote rooftop solar projects in cities, the policy offers a 60% subsidy, which also includes a central subsidy, for the installation of a power station up to 3 kW and an 80% subsidy for the installation of power plants from 3 kW to 10 kW.

However, the grant will only be applicable to beneficiaries whose annual income is less than Rs 3 lakh.

“There is already a central grant scheme for such rooftop solar power plants for people with an annual income above Rs 3 lakh,” JREDA Executive Engineer Mukesh Kumar told PTI.

There is a provision for up to 60% subsidy for solar livelihood projects. It includes the promotion of solar powered appliances such as solar dryers for agricultural products, solar powered cold stores, solar desalination, solar charkha and others.

The policy also proposes the creation of a unit dedicated to solar policy within the framework of JREDA.

All statutory permits and approvals will be provided to solar power project developers through this one-stop-shop within 60 days.