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Union Minister Bhagwant Khuba unveils NSEFI’s Pan-India Rooftop Solar Awareness Campaign

Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Bhagwant Khuba launched the Pan-India Rooftop Solar Awareness Campaign (Source: PIB)

Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Bhagwant Khuba launched the Pan-India Rooftop Solar Awareness Campaign in an event at Bidar, Karnataka in the presence of V Sunil Kumar, Minister of Energy & Kannada Culture, Government of Karnataka, Sunil Kumar, Chief General Manager, NTPC Ramagundam, Pranav R Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI, Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, CEO, NSEFI, Sri Chandrakant Baswaraj Patil, Chairman, KREDL and Govinda Reddy, IAS, DC, Bidar.

During the launch ceremony Mr. Khuba said that without the involvement of people, no big idea can succeed. He added that Rooftop Solar provides an opportunity for the common person to make his contribution toward Global Warming & Climate Change. He further said that this campaign titled "GHAR KE UPAR SOLAR IS SUPER" shall aim at mobilizing local government, citizens, RWAs, and Municipalities to spread awareness of Solar Rooftop. He also spoke about the growth of the RE sector in India.

Highlighting Panchamrit targets set by Modiji, Mr. Khuba said that the ministry is working towards achieving the target of 500 GW of non-fossil by 2030. He added that rooftop solar will play a major role and Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities offer maximum potential in achieving this target. He said that Karnataka alone has the potential of 1 GW rooftop solar. The minister highlighted that MNRE is providing 40 percent of subsidy for households to install solar. Hence, he urged the public to install rooftops by utilizing subsidies from the central government. Mr. Khuba said that he has ordered installing Rooftop solar at his residence in Bidar.

Shri V Sunil Kumar shared the RE plans of the Karnataka government. He highlighted the PM-KUSUM scheme and urged farmers to utilize the benefits being offered by MNRE and the state government.

In this scheme, farmers will be given a 30 percent subsidy each by centre and state to install solar pumps.

NSEFI, with the support of the German Solar Association (BSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under the Sequa KVP Programme, is launching a 3 year long, Pan India Rooftop Awareness Program aimed at increasing awareness of Solar Rooftops among 100 Indian towns and cities, especially tier 2 and tier 3 towns/cities. 

Author : Debi Dash
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