No state support for solar roof top units in K’taka: Power minister
Mangaluru: The state government is not extending any subsidy to encourage solar roof top units. However, the Central government is providing 30% subsidy for purchase of such units by hospital, educational institutions and other government offices through the ministry of new and renewable energy from recognized channel partners, informed minister for power D K Shivakumar replying to a question from Ivan D’Souza, chief whip of ruling Congress in state legislative council.
Replying to another query by Ivan on the rate at which the department purchases power from solar roof top units, Shivakumar said electricity supply companies buy power at Rs 9.56/unit on net metering basis that is in excess after meeting own power consumption needs by the producer not availing subsidy. In case, a power producer (using solar roof top units) has availed subsidy to set up the unit, he/she gets paid Rs 7.90/unit for the excess power generated and supplied to grid.
Incidentally, Ivan has taken keen interest in promoting and developing Dakshina Kannada as a solar-powered district with a slew of initiatives that have started with his own residence at Valencia.