Project will generate 280 million units of energy and reduce carbon emission by 5.44 million tons
Jammu: In a bid to promote clean energy transition in Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council (AC) has approved the installation of 200 MW of grid-tied rooftop solar power plants under the “Solar City Mission” in Jammu City.
The decision has been taken to implement the Government of India’s Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme, Phase-II for the residential sector in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the electricity needs of the city are fully met by solar energy.
With the implementation of the project, J&K will benefit from the generation of approximately 280 million units of energy annually, with a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions of approximately 5.44 million tons, besides reaping gains from savings on account of inter-state transmission losses to the tune of 224 million units.
Under the project, 200 MW grid-tied rooftop solar power plants will be installed on 50,000 residential buildings in Jammu city by the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) under its “Solar City Mission” at an estimated cost of Rs 1040 crore.
The project will be completed by March, 2024 and will have a lifetime of 25 years
The Central Sector Scheme provides a central subsidy component of 40 per cent of the project cost and a state subsidy component of 25 per cent of the project cost for the installation of solar power panels, below 3 KW capacity, beyond which the central subsidy component remains at 20 per cent. The subsidy will be provided to the beneficiaries through DBT mode.
The generation of solar energy through the Rooftop Solar Programme will also help the energy-deficit UT of J&K in supplementing its energy needs while assisting the DISCOMs in achieving the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) Targets of 10.5% as fixed by the Government of India.