Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves solar energy policy

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has approved the Solar Energy Policy, 2017, under which the state aims to achieve 10,700 MW of solar power capacity by 2022, which could help reduce 13.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. In order to promote residential solar power generation, the Uttar Pradesh government will grant a subsidy of Rs 15,000-Rs 30,000 per kW, in addition to the grant provided by the centre. The grant will be given for the first 100 MW of capacity on a first come, first served basis. Around 50,000 consumers are expected to benefit from the scheme. No inspection will be done for 10 kW solar panels and the height of solar panels would not be included in the floor area ratio. In addition, 10,000 surya mitras will be appointed in the state, under the new policy.

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