The Punjab Government has launched a draft version of its renewable energy policy, which aims to meet 21% of its power requirement through renewable energy by the year 2030. Punjab Energy Development Agency ( PEDA ) will be the designated implementation agency of this policy. The policy has set a target of deploying 3,000 MW of solar projects by 2030, which will include utility-scale, canal-top, rooftop, floating, and hybrid solar projects. Besides, the policy seeks to deploy a non-solar power generation capacity of 1,500 MW, which would include biomass, biomass and bagasse co-generation, and small hydro. The policy also aims to develop 500 MW of biofuel projects (based on biomass as the primary feedstock). Other targets include developing storage technology for renewable energy projects, promoting the use of electric vehicles, and solar charging stations. The policy, however, does not list targets for wind power projects as the potential for wind energy is low in the state. To boost the manufacturing of equipment used for solar generation such as cell, wafer, modules, and balance of system (BoS), the policy has provided exemption on state goods and service tax (SGST), electricity duty, stamp duty, and property tax. The policy has also […]


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