Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir short of 700 MWs, Solar power may help solve power crises

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Srinagar: As Kashmir falls short of around 700 megawatts during winters, a centrally sponsored scheme has been launched to end power crisis in the state.

Under the scheme, customers can generate the electricity on their own and feed excess power into the power grid. This according to officials will reduce the power shortage of the state.

The Power Development Department Kashmir has availability of 1200 MWs of power, while the demand is expected to reach 1900 MWs in the coming weeks.

The PDD officials said that that there was no other option than to go for power cuts during winter months when the power consumption increases.

The centrally sponsored scheme ‘Rooftop Solar Power Plants’ of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, (MNRE) is being implemented by the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) in the state. “If the scheme is implemented properly, it will end power crisis of the state,” an official said.

The officials said under the scheme the customers who intend to generate solar energy and set upsolar plants on roof-tops can get the government subsidy of 70 percent.

“The grid connect roof top solar power plants will generate electricity on own with or without battery back-up support,” the official of the JAKEDA said.

Giving details about the benefits of the scheme, he said, “If any customer is getting an electricity bill of Rs 3000, after installing the roof top solar power plants, there could be around 70 to 80 percent decrease in the power bill.”

He said that consumers can generate solar power for self-consumption and could feed excess power into the government grid.

 

(With inputs from KNS)


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