Uttar Pradesh is the fifth largest and the most populous state in India and possesses one of the most attractive subsidy programmes for residents buying solar water heaters Photo: Wikipedia
The northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) currently possesses one of the most attractive subsidy programmes for residents buying solar water heaters. Systems with flat plate collectors have been eligible to receive 6,000 Indian Rupees (INR) since October 2007, ones with vacuum tube collectors INR 5,000. The state agency Non-conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA) set up this programme. Subsidies will be granted to the first 1,000 applicants, irrespective of the system's type. The NEDA already received more than 400 applications until mid-December.
“Subsidies of that magnitude have been granted for the first time,” says Ashok Kumar Srivastava, project manager of NEDA. “The state government focuses on promoting solar water heaters as an alternative and economically viable option for heating water as electricity costs are rising day by day”.
He also stated that under the latest decision of the state government, it has become necessary for multi-storey buildings, educational institutions, hostels etc. to install solar water heaters at their premises.
NEDA organised a Solar Expo in Lucknow city, Uttra Pradesh, that took place between the 25th and the 28th of October 2008. About 20 manufacturers from India showcased their solar water heating equipment at this fair. Visitors came in large numbers and were highly motivated by the financial incentive scheme.
U.P. is the fifth largest and the most populous state in India. The state has already authorised more than nearly 40,000 m2 since the technology was introduced in 1980. 3,000 m2 more are likely to be installed throughout 2008.
The text was written by Jaideep Malaviya, a specialist for solar thermal technology. His office is based in Pune, India. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|State / Country||Uttar Pradesh / India|
|Name of programme||subsidy scheme for Domestic Individual Solar Water Heater|
|Type of incentive||rebate|
|Eligible technologies||solar water heaters|
|Applicable sectors||residential housing with a warm water demand up to 125 litres per day|
|Amount||INR 6,000 for flat plate collectorsINR 5,000 for evacuated tube collectorsINR = Indian Rupees|
|Maximum incentive||INR 6,000 for flat plate collectorsINR 5,000 for evacuated tube collectors|
|Requirements for system||N/a|
|Finance provider||Non-Conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA)|
|Total funds||INR 5 up to 6 million (first 1,000 applications)|
|Effective date||October 2008|
|Funding source||state government funds|
when 1,000 applications have been subsidised,
extension most likely
|Website||neda.up.nic.in (scroll in the box on the right for the latest news)|
|Last review of this tabloid||December 2008|
Non-Conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA)
Mr Sudhir Kumar (Chairman & Director
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