‘Private firms produce cheaper power compared to state-run entities’ says Saurabh Patel

CLEARING THE air on why the state authorities buys power from personal producers in Gujarat, Saurabh Patel state vitality minister advised the Meeting Saturday the power from personal producers is sort of 55 per cent cheaper than these produced by state-run firms.

“The Gujarat authorities buys power from 596 gamers who’ve signed PPAs (power buy agreements )with the federal government. A complete of 32,980 million models is being purchased by the federal government. Speaker sir, at this time the power produced by personal gamers is costing Rs 3.08 a unit, whereas these produced by the state run models value Rs 5.43 a unit as our vegetation are previous, coal comes from far off locations and transportation prices are extra,” mentioned Patel. He was talking on the budgetary calls for for business, mines and minerals, ports, vitality and petrochemicals. “If I get power at Rs 3.08 per unit, why would I run the power vegetation to produce power that may value Rs 5.43 a unit?” the minister added.

On the power capability of the state, the vitality minister mentioned Gujarat plans to promote 20,000 MW of renewable vitality outdoors the state by 2030.“As on at this time, we’ve 19,315 MW of typical power capability, 12,266 MW of renewable vitality. In subsequent two years, we’ve focused to enhance renewable vitality capability to 20,000 MW. By 2025, we are going to attain 40,856 MW and by 2030 we’ve focused to have renewable vitality capability of 67,356 MW of which 20,000 MW will likely be bought outdoors the state,” he mentioned.

Speaking about photo voltaic rooftop initiatives, the minister mentioned Gujarat with 943 MW accounts for 22 per cent of the whole share within the nation. Claiming the Centre has given most help to Gujarat as subsidy of Rs 1,500 crore for photo voltaic rooftops in 2020 and 2021, Patel mentioned, “We’re shopping for photo voltaic power from households at Rs 2.25 per unit… Photo voltaic rooftops have been arrange for 1.16 lakh homes and work is on for 79,000 households this yr. Now we have a goal of three lakh homes.”

Stating that underneath the Electrical energy Modification Rule 2020, the Authorities of India has just lately made modifications to the foundations relating to gross metering, Patel mentioned, “The modifications in guidelines for internet metering and gross metering has been performed by the GoI. They’re pondering and analysing the identical (after representations had been made by MSME sector) as underneath the modified guidelines, the buyer is predicted to profit.”

“In Gujarat 24 per cent of the photo voltaic rooftops have a great deal of 2-3 kw (kilowatts). About 46 per cent share 3-4 Kw, 12 per cent share 4-5 kw about 10 % is of 5-6 Kw and solely 0.39 %. We don’t want to make guidelines for 0.30 % entities. We wish to make guidelines for the poor and for the frequent man,” mentioned Patel.

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