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India: Rajasthan Subsidises Electricity Bill of Solar Water Heater Users

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2012

 Solar Water Heaters in India The Indian state of Rajasthan has strongly supported the market for solar thermal technology. Since 2004, the state in the northwest of India has had a comprehensive mandatory law for solar water heaters: Solar energy use has been an essential requirement in setting up new hospitals, sports complexes, swimming pools, hostels, barracks, hotels, industrial buildings in which hot water is needed to process the goods, as well as public buildings and residential buildings with a plot size of 500 m2 and above. In 2011, the state government has also granted an indirect subsidy to residential users of Solar Water Heaters (SWH). Having come into force three months ago, the scheme allows every SWH user to receive a rebate on its electricity bill of INR 0.25 INR/kWh of electricity, capped at a maximum of INR 300 per month – independent of the age of the system.
Photo courtesy: Jaideep Malaviya

India: ACME Solar to build first Solar Thermal Power Plants in the Country

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 6, 2010

ACME Jaisalmer Solar Power (Pvt) Ltd. is planning to set up a total of 150 MW solar thermal power plants at Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur in Rajasthan state, Western India. Overall investment in these plants is said to be around INR 2,350 billion.

Action Plan for National Capital Region of India: 200,000 m2 by 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 8, 2010

 UNDP/MNRE Workshop in Dehli” Notables on the podium during the “Promoting Deployment of Solar Water Heating Systems in National Capital Region” workshop in New Delhi, India, in December 2009
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

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