Higher RPOs to help India meet 175 GW renewable target: Greenpeace

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Higher RPOs to help India meet 175 GW renewable target: Greenpeace

today said renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target of 21 per cent by 2022 will help meet 175 GW renewable goal by 2022, but RPO compliance by is critical.

“The Union government’s decision to increase RPO of state distribution companies from 17 per cent in 2019 to 21 percent by 2022 has been welcomed by India, while also warning that ensuring the compliance is critical. The RPO target will help meet its 175GW renewable target under the Agreement on Climate Change,” a India statement said.

“According to a 2017 Greenpeace analysis, only 6 states were able to meet the RPO targets, so it’s great that the and (MNRE) has now established an RPO Compliance Cell, though there is no clarity yet on what penalties could be imposed for non-compliance,” Pujarini Sen, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace India, said in the statement.

In order to realistically meet the new RPOs, state and private Distribution Companies (Discoms) will need to implement new & creative renewables projects and not rely on large solar or wind farms alone, it said.

The MNRE’s recently announced Kusum scheme (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Maha Abhiyan) to promote solar arrays connected to irrigation pumps can play a key role in helping states fulfill their RPOs, it added.

“The Kusum scheme will empower farmers to generate and sell clean to the grid, generating additional income for the farmer, while also helping Discoms meet their RPO targets and reducing the burden on Discoms to to the agricultural sector. It’s a win-win for farmers, Discoms and state governments,” says Sen.

As an example, Gujarat’s Discom MGVCL could be earning up to Rs 2.97 lakhs per year from just 100 kW of solar pumps via the credits these generate; they will save another Rs 6 lakhs in avoided costs by not having to supply farmers using these pumps with electricity, according to a recent study of the Dhundi pilot project in Central  Grid-connected solar pumps have the potential to be a “remunerative crop” for both farmers and Discoms, it said.

The had mentioned the grid-connected solar pump scheme in his speech during the Union Budget in February this year. of Power R K Singh had also reportedly said that the scheme will be rolled out in July, though disagreements with the Ministry have also been reported, the statement added.

Source: Business Standard

2018-06-20T08:07:57+00:00 June 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Higher RPOs to help India meet 175 GW renewable target: Greenpeace
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