July 2, 2024

Madhugiri Solar Park Boosts Karnataka’s Renewable Energy

In a roundabout way to grow renewable energy generation, Karnataka government plans to build a new solar park in Madhugiri taluk, Tumakuru district. The new solar park follows the success of Pavagada Solar Park. The Energy Minister K J George has announced his government’s decision to establish this new park.

This planned solar park, one of the state’s numerous efforts, attests to the deliberate seek of the government to leverage our widespread and clean energy infrastructure to make Karnataka green and energy secure.

Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Development

Solar parks (Madhugiri Solar Park), for instance, is being developed by the Central Government-owned Tehri Hydro Development Corporation India (THDCIL), to employ local knowledge and resources to identify prime land parcels).

The project is another bold step in Karnataka’s renewable energy journey as it contributes to the next level of transformation in Karnataka. The energy minister K J George is shown inspecting KUSUM-C project in Tumakuru.

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) is a programme that aims at enhancing energy security of farmers, including grid-connected solar power plants and solar pumps for irrigation systems on their farms.

The subsidy for free electricity for farmers’ pump sets is increasing annually. Despite efforts to regularise farmers’ pump sets, issues persist, leading to transformer damage and power supply disruptions due to illegal connections. In this context, we are prioritising the KUSUM B and KUSUM C projects, encouraging the adoption of solar pump sets,” KJ George added.

Detailed Insights into Kusum C Project

Explaining about the Kusum C project, Minister George said: Under the Kusum C project, you need 4-5 acres of land to produce 1 MW of electricity.

If it is government land, the government will give it free of cost and lease it for 25 years, while the lessee will have to pay Rs 25,000 per acre annually as lease rent during the lease period. This rent money will be used in constructing anganwadis, schools and panchayats in that area.

With the PM KUSUM initiative (a programme by Government of India and state governments), they would get financial and water security as their energy needs are met, while also becoming a part of the future of renewable energy of India.

Accelerating Renewable Energy Adoption

The renewed attempts of Karnataka to make the PM KUSUM scheme popular, take and further shape reveals Karnataka’s relentless attempts to provide support to renewable energy initiatives and farmers alike.

By shedding light on the opportunity and encouraging active participation in the scheme, Karnataka can assist farmers in utilising solar power, gain energy independence and develop their overall sense of detachment from traditional sources of energy and in turn contribute towards environmental conservation.

Sustainable development and energy security across the globe are intertwined with enhancing renewable energy utilisation and harnessing its essence and potential to push forward socio-economic progress.

Expansion of Solar Energy Infrastructure

The Additional Chief Secretary (Energy Department) Gaurav Gupta said: ‘We will select land near substations for this. We have finalized 27 substations, and another 12 substations are selected in the next phase for Tumakuru district.

Work has started here and there, and survey is completed. The farmers and schools will get local harness electricity.

Furthermore, Energy Minister K J George, District In-charge Minister Dr G Parameswara and Cooperation Minister K N Rajanna kick-started two more power substations in Tumakuru district.

One is a 2*8 MVA, 66/11 KV substation in Bhairenahalli of Koratagere taluk, constructed at a cost of Rs 12.62 crores, and another is 2*8 MVA, 66/11 KV substation in Sankenahalli (IK Colony) built at a cost of Rs 14.33 crores.

The Madhugiri Solar Park and PM KUSHM scheme set up by the state government of Karnataka have taken a proactive approach to promote green energy.

The state is also trying to follow sustainable development in order to reduce Bengaluru’s energy stress and become very reliable on renewable sources.

It is envisaged that through these green initiatives, the state would not only have their energy costs drop but also provide a way for environmental stewardship by making the city clean and dependable for the future.

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