Himachal Pradesh's New Policy Aims to Add 10 GW of Renewable Energy by 2030

Under the ‘Swaran Jayanti Energy Policy,’ which will be unveiled this year, the Himachal Pradesh government wants to add 10 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.

Himachal Pradesh is the state that produces the most hydropower. The state hopes to become a significant clean energy hub thanks to the government’s inclusion of large hydropower projects and over 25 MW under renewable energy.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur indicated in his presentation of the budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 that the state government granted a one-time exemption to power producers in November 2020, allowing them to build pending hydropower projects sooner.

Hydropower projects with a capacity of roughly 755 MW are anticipated to be completed in FY 2021-22, comprising 400 MW of Parvati-II, 180 MW of Bajoli Holi, 150 MW of Tidong-I, and 25 MW of Lambadug.

The state government will choose ten projects under the plug-and-play paradigm, according to the Chief Minister. It would then offer these projects to the private sector through a competitive bidding process after obtaining the requisite clearances.

The state government also recommends phasing in grid-connected rooftop solar panels at all health and education facilities. For the proposed initiative, it has set a target of 2 MW rooftop capacity.

In addition, the budget suggested giving 250 W off-grid solar power systems to 1,500 BPL families in the Pangi valley, Lahaul, and Spiti.

The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (Himurja) issued a request for proposals in May 2021 for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 1,700 off-grid solar systems with a capacity of 250 watts each in the homes of individual households in the state’s tribal territories.

In FY 2021-22, the government plans to establish a solar-powered drinking water supply system in Paonta Sahib as a trial project. Similarly, 10 more comparable schemes with the potential for solar-powered water pumping will be discovered.

The Chief Minister told the state legislature that the government is dedicated to delivering a stable power supply to all consumers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, the government will launch five new extra-high-voltage programs, increasing capacity by 417 MVA.

In addition, 29 new programs for improving the quality of power supply will be introduced, and 23 under construction programs will be finished throughout the fiscal year.

Next year, the government plans to replace all electromechanical meters with electronic meters. By 2024-25, the state electricity board is planned to reduce total technical and commercial losses to single digits.

Under the HP Clean Energy Transmission Investment Program, the state government plans to build ten new substations with a total capacity of 1,314 MVA. In addition, with a budget of $4.13 billion ($55.58 million), 454 circuit kilometers of transmission lines will be developed to increase the state’s transmission network. This would aid in the procurement of power from the Ravi, Bias, Chenab, and Satluj river basins, as well as increase the reliability of power delivery.

Resource: Mercom India

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