Recent reports have highlighted Jammu and Kashmir’s remarkable position as the second-highest state in India for its substantial potential to generate solar energy. The region is poised to produce an estimated 111,050 MW of solar energy, trailing behind Rajasthan, which leads the nation with a potential of 142,310 MW.
Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh also showcase considerable potential in solar energy generation, with capacities of 64,320 MW, 61,660 MW, and 38,440 MW, respectively.
Presently, Jammu and Kashmir boasts an installed capacity of 27.25 MW of solar power. In a bid to further harness this potential, the central government allocated Rs 27.98 crores in the previous financial year to bolster solar energy initiatives specifically in the region.
Ministry of Renewable Energy aims 175 GW capacity
The Ministry of Renewable Energy has launched a mission aiming to establish 175 GW of renewable energy capacity nationwide, of which encompassing 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power, and 5 GW from small hydro-power sources. Accordingly, this year, the focus of the Central government remains on establishing robust infrastructure for the utilization of renewable energy sources in Jammu and Kashmir.
Additionally, in the recently released budget, the Centre proposed key initiatives, including the installation of an additional 4,000 agricultural solar pumps and commissioning around 80 megawatts of solar capacity. These endeavors are anticipated to benefit approximately 20,000 families residing in the union territory.
Ambitions of J&K administration
Concurrently, the Jammu and Kashmir government has outlined ambitious plans to harness 500 Megawatts of solar energy by 2030 under a dedicated clean energy mission. The vision document of the Jammu and Kashmir government underscores an ultimate target of generating 1,500 MW of solar energy within the union territory by 2047.
Reportedly, an official from the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency emphasized ongoing efforts to promote the adoption of solar energy-driven appliances. “We are extending financial assistance for solar water heaters, cookers, and various everyday goods. A significant campaign encouraging the use of appliances powered by renewable energy sources will be launched in the upcoming months,” he stated.
These combined efforts signify a strategic push towards sustainable energy practices and underline the region’s commitment to embracing renewable energy sources for future growth and development.