‘Maha wants to make cheaper solar energy available to all’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 25 October 2018

“In the past four years, the State could not be made self-reliant with regard to power supply. However, Bawankule has focused more on wind power and solar power,” said Bapat.

Pune: State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Wednesday emphasised that the power scenario in the State will be transformed through solar power. 

All agricultural pumps will run on solar energy by 2022, he said.

He was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new building of Maharashtra Electricity Development Authority’s (MEDA) in the city.

Bawankule said, “With this, farmers will get cheap and sustainable power and the burden of cross-subsidy will be reduced. To free the State from power shortages, it is necessary to make maximum use of renewable energy in the future. Solar energy is very important for this and Maharashtra has taken a lead in this field.”

He said to promote solar energy, the State government has launched the ‘Chief Minister Solar Krishi Vahini’, under which agricultural water pumps will be run on solar energy. 

This year, around 7,50,000 agricultural pumps will be brought under the scheme. Around 1,500 water pumps are being supplied solar power. Another 2,000 will soon get the benefit. Solar energy will provide sustainable and cheap electricity. Solar energy rates are Rs 2.72 for agricultural pumps. It will be cheaper by a rupee in the coming year.

“Power tariff per unit for industrial pumps will be reduced by Rs 3. During the tenure of this government, about 7.5 million new power connections are being given to agriculture pumps, of these 5.18 lakh agricultural pumps are still to get a power supply,” he said.

Girish Bapat appreciated Bawankule’s leadership skills and commended the State Electricity Department for their teamwork. 

“In the past four years, the State could not be made self-reliant with regard to power supply. However, Bawankule has focused more on wind power and solar power,” said Bapat.

Energy Engineering Regional Director Mahesh Avhad, Mahavitaran Regional Director Sanjay Takasande and other senior officials were present.

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