New Delhi, Jun 12 : India has installed 65,000 solar pumps, the highest for any country in the world, says a senior Government official. India has envisaged to install 1 lakh solar pumps, a target that might well be achieved in less than a year from now. “65,000 solar pumps have been installed in the country against the target of 1 lakh. The target could well be achieved in less than year,” said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
40 per cent subsidy as well as loans are provided to farmers through NABARD for installation of solar pumps.
Meanwhile, the Government has also planned to add another 20,000 MW through solar parks. Equal capacity is already under construction. A plan has been prepared for adding another 20,000 MW capacity. “Bidding will be started for allocation of projects in 3-4 months after securing Cabinet’s approval,” Mr Kapoor told UNI.
Installed solar capacity in the country has crossed 7,000 MW while projects worth 20,000 MW are under construction.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has recently completed tending of 970 MW capacity in Karnataka. Solar projects in the size of 10-50 MW will be spread over each and every district, rather than in solar parks.
Betting big on clean energy, the NDA Government has increased solar capacity addition target by five times to 1 lakh MW by 2022.