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‘SARAL’- State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index launched by Power Minister

RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) launched SARAL-State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index during Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting with States and State Power Utilities, held in New Delhi.  SARAL evaluates Indian states based on their attractiveness for rooftop development. Karnataka has been placed at 1st rank in Index followed by Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh which got 2nd, 3rd and 4th rank respectively.

SARAL: State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

It is the 1st of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.

Designed by: The Index has been designed by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).

5 key aspects captured by SARAL

  1. Robustness of Policy Framework
  2. Consumer Experience
  3. Implementation Environment
  4. Business Ecosystem
  5. Investment Climate

SARAL encourages each state to assess initiatives taken so far and to improve its solar rooftop ecosystem. This will help states to channelize investments and will create a more conducive environment for solar rooftop installations, encourage investment and will eventually lead to accelerated growth of sector.

Significance: Power Ministry has set a target to operationalize 175 giga watt (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, of which 100 GW solar power to be operational by March 2022 and 40 GW (out of 100 GW) is expected to come from grid connected solar rooftops. Therefore, launching the Index would incentivise rooftop solar by creating healthy competition among States and all States would be encouraged to adopt best practices being followed by top-ranking States.

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1st Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology to be set up in Gujarat

India’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (CICET) will be set up in Gujarat to give boost to the chemical industry. It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Chemical and Fertilizers. He also announced that Central Government is also planning to set up Plastic Waste Management Centre in Ahmedabad to find out solutions to systematicsegregation and recycling of plastic waste.

About CCICET

It will come up either at Ahmedabad or Surat. It will facilitate chemical industry with research and innovations. It will specially cater chemical industries located in Gujarat’s Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva in Valsad, Bharuch and Ahmedabad districts.

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