State Cabinet approves revised solar power policy

The State Cabinet approved a revised rooftop solar power policy, set to be implemented next week. Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Sudin Dhavalikar, announced this development in the legislative Assembly. The updated policy aims to enhance the generation and utilization of green energy within the State, thereby reducing the dependence on external power sources, Dhavalikar explained.

However, the Opposition raised concerns about the purchase of green power worth Rs 16 crore from a trader in Arunachal Pradesh, advocating for investment in local solar and green power projects. They also sought information on the timeline for fitting all government buildings with rooftop solar power. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant clarified during the question-hour that as per the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) rules, buying ‘green power’ from approved traders is mandatory.

In addition to the solar policy, the Cabinet approved the reintroduction of the subsidy scheme for electric vehicles (EV) with reduced subsidy amounts compared to the 2021 version. Those who bought electric vehicles between August 2022 and December 2023 will be eligible for the scheme. Subsidy amounts vary by vehicle type: two-wheelers from Rs 8,000 to Rs Rs 60,000, and four-wheelers from Rs 8,000 to Rs one lakh. Moreover, incentives of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 will be provided to those scrapping their old vehicles.

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