Bengal to implement solar RPO this year
August 31st, 2013

In a bid to boost non-conventional energy production, the West Bengal government is set to implement the solar renewable purchase obligation (solar RPO) this year, a minister said Friday.

The RPO mandates that every company generating, distributing and consuming power has to source around nine percent of its energy from renewable energy components.

“The solar RPO will be implemented this year. The state Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) has not said anything on the penalty issue but it will be brought into effect by next year,” said Power and Non-conventional Energy Sources Minister Manish Gupta.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Energy Sustainability Conclave 2013: Energy Security-Empowering the Energy Future”, organised here by the Bengal Chamber.

Renewable or non-conventional energy resources include wind, solar, hydro and biogas.

The solar RPO policy devised for all the states, determines the amount of renewable energy production target to be achieved by each state and the country. It is part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

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