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Solar power projects

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The Jammu and Kashmir government is working on the various renewable energy plants so that they become alternate to the power projects as the new environmental policy demands so.

Solar power projects can be set up in a much shorter time frame when compared to conventional power projects and the cost of solar power has become more economical today. Solar power can also help meet energy requirements for both grids connected as well as off-grid applications such as solar powered agricultural pump sets.

J&K is richly endowed with natural renewable resources for generating electricity. It has multiple microclimatic some locations like Udhampur lie under sub-tropical climate. In addition, the plains of the J&K like Jammu, Akhnoor, Samba and Kathua lies in the composite climatic zone. The entire J&K receives a good amount of Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) which varies from 4.97 to 5.17 kWh/m2/day.

J&K Government has started the scheme of providing Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Plant on subsidised rates. This scheme is being implemented by the Jammu & Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) of the Department of Science & Technology.

Under this scheme, 40% subsidy is being provided to consumers for installing Solar Photovoltaic rooftops. The solar rooftops are available from 1 KW to 10 KW capacity and five years free maintenance is also provided to the consumers.

Jammu and Kashmir has vast potential of generating Hydroelectricity with several massive projects going on which will make the UT power surplus region in coming years, the J&K is also making remarkable strides for generating energy requirements through renewable resources.

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