Hyderabad: Telangana which stands second in the country in solar power generation capacity is encouraging solar adoption in the State in both the commercial and residential segment. The government has circulated a Cool-roofs Policy for comments and once the feedback is received, the policy will be formally rolled out for implementation that will encourage installation of solar panels on the roofs.
Ajay Mishra, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Telangana said, “We have about 3,600 MW solar capacity now, next to only Karnataka. Of the total 180-200 million units of power consumed in the State, solar today accounts for about 11 per cent.”
Speaking at Hysea’s annual infrastructure summit, he said, Telangana has followed a decentralised model of solar power generation across the State unlike the neighbouring States that went for solar parks. The State’s approach has enabled savings of Rs 50 core per year.
Though the focus will be on improving solar component in the energy mix of the State, there are plans to enhance thermal power capacities too in the future, to meet the electricity needs.