MUMBAI: The power industry today welcomed the Budget’s emphasis on renewable energy and coal-based project, saying it will give an impetus to the sector which is reeling under a crisis.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his maiden budget today, announced allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for the solar power sector.
The government has set aside Rs 500 crore for new and renewable energy, Rs 400 crore for launching a scheme for solar power-driven agricultural pump sets and water pumping stations for energising one lakh pumps, and Rs 100 crore for the development of one-MW solar parks on the banks of canals.
“The budget has attempted to address the short-term challenges for the power sector, and at the same time laid a roadmap for more comprehensive measures over the medium to long-term as well,” KPMG India Partner and Head – Energy and Natural Resources Manish Aggarwal said.
The government has also allocated Rs 100 crore for super critical ultra modern thermal power and rationalisation of coal linkages.
Jaitely said measures will be initiated to provide adequate quantity of coal to power plants which are already commissioned or would be commissioned by March 2015 to unlock dead investments.
“From Rs 100 crore allocation for super critical ultra modern thermal power to the rationalisation of coal linkages (these measures) will facilitate the struggling power producers and put the stranded power plants on a rebound course,” Schneider Electric India Country President and Managing Director Anil Chaudhry said.
The industry experts said the focus on the solar energy sector will give a deserving boost to solar companies to increase generation capacity which is currently a mere one per cent of the country’s total energy production.
Further, the implementation of the Green Energy Corridor Project will be a great move to integrate channels for evacuation of solar power – a formidable challenge for generating companies at the moment, they said.