UREDA Enables Uttarakhand Villagers to Become Solar Power Farmers

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Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has roped in farmers to set up solar power generation plants on their land. These power farmers will directly supply the renewable energy to the state government at a fixed price. Under the scheme, solar power plants will be set in all 13 districts in Uttarakhand and the infrastructure for it such as solar panels, battery banks and grid-tie up have already put in place.

Power purchase agreements will be signed for selling the power generated, which will be sold to the state government at INR4.35 per unit. All the plants are expected to be operational within the next five months and these power farmers are estimated to earn INR1500-2000 per month after paying off loans and other expenses.

The solar plants will have a range of capacity from 5KV to 500 KV, which will depend on the space available in the farm. The cost of solar plant is Rs 70,000 per KV and people opting for the scheme,\ will earn money by selling the power to state government. Under the village-level scheme, UREDA is expecting to build solar power plants with a total capacity of 1,000 in the next four months.

Date: November 2016 | Source:  ET Energy World

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