The Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) will develop an elaborate water distribution network for its solar community irrigation projects in 29 locations of the State, officials informed.

The key districts where the solar community irrigation projects had been focussed are — Gariaband, Dhamtari, Kabirdham, Mahasamund, Raigarh, Janjgir-Champa, Jashpur and Sukma.

A total of 19 remote villages have been approved for creation of solar ‘mini grids’ to provide them access to power supply as on February 2017 in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.

Village mini-grids are important components of universal access to electricity in the country particularly for those villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective, it informed.

Under the RGGVY scheme launched by the Central Government for attainment of goal of providing access to electricity to all households, a provision of Rs 540 crore has been kept as subsidy requirement for electrification of villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective for Decentralised Distributed Generation (DDG) during 11th Plan period.

DDG may be from conventional or renewable or non-conventional sources such as biomass, bio fuel, bio gas, mini hydro, geo thermal, solar, etc.

The funding is on the  pattern of 90 per cent subsidy from Government of India and 10 per cent loan from Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) or from own funds of the State/loan from financial institutions.

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