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India set for 10 GW of agricultural solar

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh – which had commissioned an aggregate 3.53 GW of solar capacity as of May 31 – will set up the new plants to ensure nine hours of daily free power supply to the agricultural sector.

The state government of Andhra Pradesh has approved the planned development of 10 GW of solar capacity to meet the energy requirements of the agricultural sector. The project is aimed at providing nine hours of daily power supply to farmers, the Press Trust of India reported.

Separately, the State Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, also approved the establishment of an Integrated Renewable Energy Project (IREP).

Integrated Renewable Energy Project

“As part of the IREP, 550 MW of wind power, 1200 MW of pumped storage hydel power plant and 1000 MW of Solar power will be set up,” PTI quoted Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah.

The proposal to set up 10 GW of its own solar power generation projects was floated by the state government in February this year as it has been incurring more than Rs 10,000 crore to meet the agriculture subsidy, lift irrigation power charges and aquaculture subsidy every year.

The subsidy has been on a continuous rise over the years with the increasing cost of power supply and also an increase in the number of agricultural pump set connections.