Andhra Pradesh targets 5 GW of solar projects in five years

The Ministry of Power of Indian state Andhra Pradesh has come up with a new solar policy with the aim to promote widespread usage of solar power and targets a minimum total solar power capacity addition of 5,000 MW in the next five years in the state. According to consultancy Mercom Capital Group, distribution companies (DISCOMs) will procure around 2,000 MW of solar power capacity in a phased manner within the next five years depending on the requirement in the state.
The government will promote solar rooftop systems on public buildings, domestic, commercial and industrial establishments on gross and or net meter basis. The consumers are free to choose either net or gross meter option for the sale of power to DISCOMs. For rooftop solar systems, projects of capacity up to 1,000 kW at a single location will be permitted. Furthermore, 50,000 solar powered pump sets are targeted to be operational in the state in the next five years without any additional financial burden on the farmers, says Mercom.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Andhra Pradesh has installed solar PV capacity of 2.75 GW and a project pipeline of 1.9 GW.

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