To achieve optimum utilisation of solar energy and generating power from renewable energy sources, the Punjab government has decided to establish solar energy plants on rooftops of all government buildings by 2017.
A government spokesperson said that the state government was focusing on renewable sources of power to reduce the pressure on the traditional and non-renewable avenues. The capital cost in setting up such solar power generating units was cheaper and than for other sources. The equipment was also more durable and the government was thus promoting their use, he said.
The spokesperson said a special plan had been formulated to install solar energy plant on 120 police stations and 45 schools of the Kalgidhar Trust across the state. He said that solar energy plants of 2.5 KW capacity would be installed at the police stations andthese plants would be connected to the nearby grids so that the surplus power could be supplied to the nearby localities.
As many as 1,572 government buildings have been identified for the installation of such plants, including 448 buildings in border areas.
To boost the crop diversification in the state, 500 solar energy irrigation pumps were being installed while state government has earmarked a subsidy of Rs 5 crore for the purpose. The state government would give Rs 1 lakh subsidy on every such pump to all those farmers, who were cultivating the alternate crops than paddy.