India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Gridco, Odisha’s bulk power procurer and trader, has expressed interest to purchase 40 MW of solar power from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. The hydropower generation company has proposed to set up the 40-MW solar plant in Odisha with an investment of about $26.3 million, and the state technical committee has approved the proposal.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced that Himachal Pradesh is offering land at a rate of 1 cent per square meter to woo investors to set up renewable energy projects in the state. He went on to say that the state will allow deferred royalty payments, and that the state electricity board would buy power directly from renewable projects.
The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved a request for the procurement and a power purchase agreement for 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects put forth by the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency.
Sembcorp Energy India and Suzlon Group announced completion of a 250 MW wind power project, the first wind energy project auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India, at Chandragiri in Tamil Nadu. The power generated from the project will be supplied to the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.
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