JAMMU, Nov 30: The Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development (JAKEDA), Department of Science & Technology conducted an awareness programme at Town Hall, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), for creating awareness about the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Scheme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GoI, among the Officers of various Line Departments. The programme was conducted under the Chairmanship of Shri SaurabhBhagat, IAS, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. Science & Technology Department and Sh. RahulYadav, IAS, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation. The programme was also attended by the officers from JMC & Power, Public Health Engineering Departments, officers of Science & Technology Deptt and vendors empanelled under the Rooftop Solar Scheme.
During the programme, the Officers were apprised about the various benefits/incentives extended by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy MNRE Gol, under the Rooftop SolarScheme, which is primarily meant for off-setting the Monthly Electricity Bills by Residential Consumers of UT of J&K through Net Metering mechanism.
During the meeting, Shri Saurabh Bhagat informed, that the Ministry has sanctioned a cumulative capacity of 200 MW for Jammu City and 20 MW for the rest of the Districts of the UT wherein the Ministry provides an incentive of 40% for all the Solar Plants upto 3 KW capacity and 20% beyond 3 KW upto 10 KW. In addition to the above, a flat subsidy of 25% shall be provided by the UT of J&K for all the Solar Plants upto 10 KW capacity to make the scheme viable for residential consumers. The pamphlets containing all the related information of Rooftop Solar Scheme, like prices, subsidy amount, beneficiary share, contact numbers of nodal person etc were distributed among the officers for their convenience.
The Commissioner/Secretary, S&T suggested to map all the metered areas of Jammu City where the scheme could be implemented in the 1st phaseand advised Executive Engineer, PDD, to provide the requisite information in this regard.
The Commissioner, JMC suggested involving all the Corporators of Jammu City in the implementation of the Rooftop Solar Scheme and advised JAKEDA to place large hoardings at vantage points in Jammu City for publicity of the Scheme. He also suggested to play voice messages/jingles publishing the scheme, from the garbage vans during door to door collection of garbage from residential households.
The CEO, JAKEDA informed that the group housing societies could also avail the subsidy under the Rooftop Scheme by installing the solar power plant at a Centrally located place and take the net metering benefit individually in a proportional manner.
The Commissioner / Secretary, S&T advised the JMC authorities to make the installation of solar power plants mandatory for all fresh building permissions issued by BOCA. He also informed about PM-KUSUM scheme which is primarily meant for upliftment of farmers wherein the farmers can install subsidized Solar Powered Pumps upto 10 H.P. capacity for which the Ministry provides 50% subsidy and the UT of J&K provides an additional subsidy of 30% of the total cost of the system. The farmers have to bear only 20% cost of the pump.