MNRE launches Phase III of the Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Programme

The MNRE has launched Phase III of the Off-grid and Decentralized Solar Photovoltaic [PV] Applications Programme for 2018-19 and 2019-20. For 2018-19, the project development target has been set at 50 MW with a proposed outlay of Rs 2,760 million. For 2019-20, this target will increase to 68 MW with a proposed outlay of Rs 3,800 million. The programme aims to install 300,000 solar street lights and 100 MW of solar projects in areas where grid power is unavailable, with a special focus on the Northeast and Left Wing Extremism-affected districts. In addition, the programme will provide 2,500,000 solar-powered study lamps to schoolgoing children in these regions.

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