Paving the Way for a Green Energy Revolution
Shimla – The Himachal Pradesh government has committed to a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) from solar units established under its ambitious solar energy scheme. The commitment, announced by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, marks a significant stride in the state’s pursuit of long-term environmental sustainability and energy security.
Under the scheme, the government aims to provide a substantial 40 per cent subsidy to the state’s youth for the installation of solar projects with capacities ranging from 100 KW to 1 MW. The directive to formulate comprehensive guidelines for the scheme underscores the government’s dedication to promoting self-employment opportunities and positioning Himachal Pradesh as a leader in clean energy adoption by March 31, 2026.
Chief Minister Sukhu, expressing his enthusiasm for the initiative, emphasized the dual impact of the commitment. “This proactive approach of the present state government towards renewable energy will not only boost environmental protection efforts but also create growth and employment opportunities, making Himachal Pradesh a leader in the adoption of clean energy in the country,” he stated.
The move aligns with the broader objective of the state government to produce 500 MW of solar energy in the fiscal year 2023-24. Himachal Pradesh’s maiden “Green Budget” signifies a paradigm shift in budgetary priorities, emphasizing the government’s dedication to environmental conservation and sustainable energy practices.
As the state government continues to promote the exploitation of solar energy and encourage the operation of electric vehicles, the 25-year PPA stands as a testament to Himachal Pradesh’s commitment to building a greener, more sustainable future. The upcoming meeting of the Energy Department on November 21 is anticipated to bring further developments, solidifying the state’s position as a pioneer in renewable energy initiatives.