Srinagar, January 6: Idrees Beigh, an electrical engineer, has given a solar avatar to the kangri.

Photovoltaics is becoming increasingly inex­pensive. In contrast, the prices for electricity from conventional power plants are climb­ing. This is making the solar farm market segment progressively more lucrative for fi­nancially strong investors. Photovoltaics of­fers a profitable, long­term investment with comparatively low risk.

The government of Uttar Pradesh has announced this policy to improve the overall energy situation in U.P. This policy will be in place till 2017 under which a minimum of 5 MW capacity to produce a total of 500 MW power supply will be established and their targets would be fixed by Uttar Pradesh Non-conventional Energy Development Agency ( UPNEDA).

To be promoted under the public-private partnership mode

A 100-megawatt (MW) solar energy park is to come up in Ramanathapuram district, one of the economically backward districts of the State, at a cost of Rs. 920 crore.

To be established over 500 acres in Paramakudi taluk, the park project will be promoted under the public-private partnership mode. “This will be the country’s first solar energy park to be set up through the PPP mode,” according to an official release.

Capital subsidies for renewable energy, both off-grid and on-grid, have been abandoned in favour of some kind of generation based incentives or other financial instruments like soft loans in the case of off-grid solar in almost all parts of the world. The draft of JNNSM, Phase II continues this conservative approach to funding renewable energy projects, says CSE.

Renewable energy potential in Odisha has been assessed at 11,820 MW, with solar energy having the highest potential at 10,000 MW among all green energy sources.

According to information provided by minister for science & technology Ramesh Chandra Majhi in the state assembly, though, estimates say, renewable energy sources can be tapped to produce a total of 53,820 MW, the generation of 11,820 MW out of this is feasible. The solar photo-voltaic source has the maximum potential at 8,000 MW followed by solar thermal and wind power at 2,000 MW and 910 MW respectively. Similarly it is estimated that bio-mass paddy husk and bio-mass paddy straw can be used to produce 250 MW each.

The objectives of the policy are: To encourage participation of Private Sector to set up Solar Power based projects in the State; To define the incentives and benefits to be provided to the participants of the Private Sector in clear terms; To build a favourable atmosphere for setting up Solar Power projects; and Lay down framework for policy im

Dimming prospects for solar energy have caught up with a massive renewable-energy project planned for the Sahara Desert. By 2050, according to its backers, DESERTEC, a network of solar plants and other renewable sources scattered across North Africa and the Middle East, could generate more than 125 gigawatts of power that could be used locally or delivered to Europe through high-voltage direct-current cables beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Tamil Nadu government has announced this policy for the state with an aim of generating 1,000 Mw of solar power every year from 2015, setting up of solar energy parks along with incentives for solar power producers and equipment manufacturers.

This new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) shows that concentrated solar power can play an essential role in achieving a secure and diversified energy future for India.