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Power for agriculture to be provided through solar panel

Maharashtra initiated to bring down money required for electricity cost in agriculture

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 4 2016 4:33PM | Updated Date: Jul 4 2016 4:33PM

Power for agriculture to be provided through solar panel

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that Maharashtra has the biggest burden of subsidising power for agricultural activity in the country. Power which costs Rs 5 to Rs 5.50 per unit is provided at just Re 1 per unit for agriculture.


The state is trying to bring down the power supply through producing power for agriculture via solar panels and installing energy efficient pumps throughout the state.


The initiative will bring down the money required for cross subsidy in agriculture and also power price in Maharashtra, says the experts.


Since the burden of this is being passed on to the industrial sector, the government is trying to bring agricultural feeder on solar power so that in 15-20 years the state can bring down electricity charges for industries.


Chief Minister launched four mobile apps developed for Mahavitaran, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).


An official informed that solar power would result in saving the subsidy amount up to a large extends. 


Since it is not possible to bring down the cost of production for power through coal and since there is compulsion of 10% solar power production as per an international treaty to which India is signatory, the state would have to generate 10% of non-conventional energy.