The Gujarat government has approved proposals to install solar systems that will be utilised to provide electricity to 15 water treatment and sewage projects spread across 11 municipalities in the state. These eleven municipalities are Bardoli, Umargam, Botad, Songadh, Vijalpore, Ankleshwar, Jambusar, Navsari, Vyra, Unjha and Surendranagar. These solar systems are expected to generate 2,835 kW of power, resulting in savings worth Rs 29.4 million in electricity cost. The solar systems are expected to cost around Rs 136.1 million.
Gujarat’s state budget for the financial year 2020-21 included aRs 9.12 billion provision as subsidy for solar rooftop projects and Rs 1.25 billion towards the KisanUrjaSuraksha Evan UtthanMahabhiyan (KUSUM) programme. Of the Rs 1.25 billion allocated to the KUSUM programme, Rs 250 million has been allotted to help the Gujarat UrjaVikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) implement component-C of the KUSUM programme. The remaining Rs 1 billion was set aside to help the GUVNL in the solarisation of grid-connected agricultural pumps under component-B of the KUSUM programme. Overall, the state allotted Rs 2.276 billion for the renewable energy sector.