Andhra Pradesh Government on 2 February 2015 approved reformed solar and wind energy policies during the state cabinet meeting.
Single window system, easy permissions and treatment like industries for according clearances are some of the salient features of the two policies unveiled.
Main highlights of the policies
• To place Andhra Pradesh in the leading position among the states producing solar energy by 2020.
• To generate 5000 Mega Watt (MW) from solar energy by 2020 from the present 127 MW
• To generate 40000 MW wind energy by 2020 from the present 897 MW
• Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd (NEDCAP) will be the nodal agency for the implementation of the policies.
• Single widow method has been introduced for giving permissions for solar parks and wind power facilities and they will be treated on par with industries as far as clearances are concerned.
• Land-related permissions will now be given quickly for setting up ventures and no surcharge will be levied if they sell power within the state.
• The power to allocate land in case of wind power projects is given to the District Collectors.
Steps have already been initiated for producing 2500 MW solar energy in Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur districts.
When: 2 February 2015