Solar Power Current Affairs - 2020

Gujarat has highest number of Solar Rooftop Installations

Gujarat has topped solar roof top plants across the country. The state government has taken up dedicated schemes in order to achieve renewable power goals.

Highlights

There are more than 50,915 rooftop solar plants set up in the state today. The state government has adopted the scheme called “Surya Gujarat” in order increase the use of solar energy at domestic level. The scheme aimed to cover more than 8 lakh domestic consumers by 2022. It had also provided 40% subsidy to projects with capacity between 3 KWhr and 10 KWhr.

After Gujarat, Maharashtra topped with solar rooftop power plant installation with more than 5,513 installations.

The above information was provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as written reply in the Parliament.

Significance

It is important for India to reduce its dependence on oil. This shall be achieved by increasing solar power consumption.

The current solar power capacity of India as of January 2020 is 34.045 GW. India had set target of reaching 20 GW by 2022. As the target was achieved earlier, India increased its target to 100 GW by 2022. This includes 40 GW of rooftop solar power as well.

EEESL of GoI completes one successful year in making India Energy Efficient

The EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) recently celebrated its 10 years of successful operation. The Company adopted the policy of making India Energy Efficiency a year back. It has successfully completed its one year of energy efficiency policy.

Highlights

In the last one year, the company has installed more than 10 lakh smart meters all over India under the Smart Meter National Programme. The company has replaced more than 10.6 million street light bulbs with LED lights. This helped to reduce 20 million tonnes of Carbon-Dioxide. Low cost LED bulbs were distributed through Unnat Jyoti Programme (UJALA). Today, UJALA is the largest domestic lighting project in the world.

About EESL

EESL is the largest energy service company in the world. Apart from Indian projects, the company has also taken up transformation in foreign countries such as UK, south Asia, Middle East and South-East Asia.

Way Forward

In the future, the company is to commission 100 MW of decentralized solar power plants.