M.P. Govt To Confer Vinoba Bhave International Award On A Country for Promoting Solar Pumps
28th June 2019
C.M. Shri Kamal Nath Lays Foundation Stone for 650 KW Solar Plant at CAPT Bhopal Bhopal, June 28, 2019 (Ataullah Faizan): The Madhya Pradesh State Government will confer Vinoba Bhave International Award on a country for its outstanding work in promoting solar pumps. The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath informed this addressing the foundation laying ceremony for a 650 KW solar plant at the Central Academy for Police Training at Bhopal today. Addressing on the occasion Shri Kamal Nath recalled the global Earth Summit at Rio 27 years ago, he said that rising temperature is the biggest environment problem. He said that as Union Minister for Environment he advocated the use of renewable energy and also set up a Fund for this. Today it has gained significance. The Chief Minister said that solar energy sector remained unnoticed by 2002. Power generation from solar power plants was expensive. The scenario has changed today. Today, the plant which is being set up at the Police Academy will generate power at the negligible rate. A revolution is being witnessed in solar energy sector. Now the major challenge is the storage of solar energy. The government is working on this. The massive unused fallow land could be used for this, he added. The Chief Minister said that solar energy will be used in the rural areas on a massive scale especially in agricultural sector. It is the government’s initiative to optimally utilize non-conventional energy in the agriculture sector so that the cost of cultivation could be managed and burden on environment could be reduced. Shri Kamal Nath also underlined employment potential in renewable energy sector. He said that this sector has potential to increase economic activities, which will ultimately provide employment, he added. M.P. To Install 2 lakh solar pumps Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Shri Harsh Yadav said that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, the department is witnessing change in respect of vision, approach and strategies. Guided by the Chief Minister, the Department is taking up solar project in 20 blocks along with installing 2 lakh solar pumps. This will change the scenario. Shri Yadav informed that the government is giving 60 percent subsidy on solar pumps. The Central Government has also been urged to increase the present 30 percent subsidy to 45 percent. The World Bank representative and Director General International Solar Alliance, Shri Upendra Tripathi appreciated the decision of the Chief Minister to promote solar pumps. Shri Tripathi hoped that this will certainly bring about encouraging results with the state’s commitment, Saving of Rs. 57 lakh The 650 kW solar plant coming up at the Central Academy of Police Training is expected to produce about 9 lakh 50 thousand units annually. The Academy will save around Rs 57 lakh in the first year itself. The Principal Secretary, New and Renewable Energy, Shri Manu Shrivastava informed about the policy initiatives. The Director General of Police Shri V.K. Singh was present.