Majithia urges Modi to make clean energy part of Swachh Bharat Mission

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 14:31 IST

Punjab non conventional energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make clean energy an integral part of the Swachh Bharat Mission to save future generations from adverse effects of pollution from traditional sources of energy

Inaugurating a conference on rooftop solar power generation under the net metering policy at the northern region headquarters of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, jointly organised by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and CII, Majithia said it was imperative to give a big boost to clean energy, including solar, hydel, wind and biomass, which could be achieved only by the mission mode.

“As Prime Minister has made Swachh Bharat a pan-India mission, making clean energy a part of this mission would serve the twin purposes of making India power-surplus without polluting the environment,” said Majithia, seeking liberal tax concessions, subsidised loans and income-tax breaks for clean energy projects.

He advocated the need for ensuring availability of lowinterest rate loans and income tax incentives for setting up renewable energy projects to make these more economically viable.

Citing the example of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, which set up the world’s largest rooftop solar power project of 7.5 MW in just eight months and plans to add 27.5 MW, Majithia said such success stories needed to be publicised in a big way.

He said union new and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal, during his visit to Punjab, had in principle approved a 2,000-MW solar power park, adding that the state government was roping in local governments (corporations and councils) and village panchayats for making available required land.
Speaking on the occasion, Upendra Tripathy secretary, new and renewable energy, central government, pointed out that the union government had set a target of 1 lakh MW solar power in the next five years and it would be possible only through active cooperation of states.

Earlier, Anirudh Tewari, secretary, power and non-conventional energy, Punjab, made a detailed presentation on the state’s rooftop solar power generation and net metering policy.

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