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Gujarat to become 1st state to launch ‘agro-solar policy’

Agro-solar policy  

Gujarat is going to become the first state in the country to launch ‘agro-solar policy’ to encourage the farmers to tap the solar energy. According to official sources, the new policy will encourage the farmers to tap energy from sun, which will also help them to earn additional income from power generation companies.

AIR correspondent reports, according to Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute -GERMI, the farmers and power generation companies will be in a win-win situation with generation of solar energy in agricultural fields. Farmers can use the solar energy for their own purpose and sell the surplus energy to the state run power generation companies. Director of GERMI Mr. T. Harinarayana has said that power generation companies will set up solar photo voltaic SPV -plants in different farms fields for this purpose. These SPV plants were already tested in different agricultural universities in the State. The solar photo-voltaic plant will be set up on poles so that farmers can also grow their crops. Farmers are likely to get 30 to 40 per cent share from the profit of power generation companies.