The State Government is expected to send a proposal to the Union Government to declare Gulbarga a solar city on the lines of Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad. The tag will enable the city to receive subsidy from the Union Government to install solar-powered streetlights and set up captive solar plants in government and private offices.
Managing Director of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) N.S. Prasannakumar on Thursday said that only three weeks ago, the Union Government had accepted the proposal sent earlier by the State Government to declare Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad as solar cities.
He said he had asked Commissioner of the Gulbarga City Corporation Manoj Jain to prepare a base line information report and a detailed project report to tap solar energy in Gulbarga and submit it to the State Government.
Hubli-Dharwad and Mysore were likely to get Rs. 10 crore each as subsidy from the Union Government.
Mr. Prasannakumar appealed to individual households in Gulbarga to use solar energy for lighting and heating water.
KREDL provided 30 per cent subsidy for all solar energy producing units in individual households, he said.
Regarding the demand to increase the subsidy from 30 per cent to 50 per cent, Mr. Prasannakumar said that it would be considered at the highest level and a decision would be taken shortly.
He said KREDL had deposited Rs. 6.5 crore with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to refinance banks which provide the 30 per cent subsidy.
To a question, Mr. Prasannakumar said KREDL had come out with an additional wind hybrid system for houses using solar energy for lighting to provide electricity during the night.
Mr Prasannakumar said in consultation with GMP(Gulbarga City Corporation) and other local bodies a waste energy project of 2MW capacity biomass project was also under consideration. Door-to-door energy conservation campaign will be undertaken in co-ordination with Gescom,ZillaPanchayat, urban local bodies and other government agencies in the district to create awareness among public for efficient use of energy.
The MD said that in Karnataka renewable energy project proposals of 10,000 MW have been sanctioned and so far projects with capacity 3,300MW have been started. Of these 1,800MW from wind energy. It has been planned to generate 800MW wind energy by the end of current year and 1200MW in the next year.
(Source: Hindu & DH)