Uttarakhand proposes the development of 10,000 solar power plants under a self-employment scheme

The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has invited firms to offer technical support in the installation of small-scale grid-connected solar power plants under Mukhyamantri Saur Swarojgar Yojana (MSSY) in Uttarakhand. The scheme is designed to provide jobs to 10,000 youths in the state who have lost employment due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. As per the specifications of the scheme, individual capacities of up to 25 kWp will be allotted to the enrolees. The capacities are proposed to be installed and commissioned by March 2022. UREDA is seeking installers for these individual plants who would be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, commissioning, and maintenance. The empanelled firms must also supply all the material within three months, and the installation and commissioning of the plant should be completed within six months of receipt of the work order.

The MSSY was launched by the Uttarakhand Government on October 8, 2020, with the dual objective of creating employment and promoting green energy. It was reported that co-operative banks would grant loans at the rate of 8 per cent per year for 15 years for the development of solar plants in private or leased land. UREDA has also led initiatives in building renewable capacity in the state. In May 2020, it had issued a tender for 575 kW of rooftop and small-scale solar capacity in the state. In July 2019, the agency invited a request for proposal bids for the development of 52 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects in the state. The state was also identified to have geothermal potential in 40 hot springs by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG).

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