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Odisha’s consumers will get 30% subsidy for rooftop solar power

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Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Rooftop Solar Programme for individual consumers.

If any individual consumer installs solar system on the rooftop of his or her house, he or she will get 30 per cent subsidy.

"Odisha is one of the first few states to prepare its climate change action plan. Harnessing renewable energy and utilising it productively in various spheres of the economy is a focus area of my government," said the chief minister.

"Grid-connected rooftop solar systems are best options for adding renewable solar capacity through people's participation. These decentralised systems also have the ability to strengthen the grid. It will reduce power losses and benefit the public," he said.

The grid-connected rooftop programme is primarily meant for consumers of utility power. The consumers can install small solar units on their rooftops and consume the generated solar power during daytime. Excess power, if any, can be exported to the grid through their service cables.

The exported power is metered on a special type of meter called Net-Meter, which is provided by the respective power distribution companies. In this manner, the consumer can reduce his or her consumption of utility power by using their own solar power and simultaneously can get a reduced bill on account of export of solar power to the grid, said an official release.

"I hope establishing rooftop solar systems through Net-Meter will be well accepted by the public," said Naveen.

The handbook and the web platform, prepared by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency, were released by Naveen. He said it would be "useful in making the Rooftop Solar Programme easily accessible to the common citizens".

Science and technology minister Badri Narayan Patra said: "The good thing in the rooftop solar programme is that individual consumers can invest money for installation of the solar power system on their house rooftop. They can use the solar power and also sell the surplus one to the state government through Net-Meter."

"First, this programme will be introduced in the urban belt. If anyone from the rural belt is interested, the consumer can also reap the benefit," said the minister.

"This year, we have targeted to produce 8MW solar energy. For Bhubaneswar solar city, 4MW has been exclusively allotted for this year," he said.

A web platform was also launched to help project stakeholders interact with consumers and provide services.


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