Under the new solar energy policy, the Uttar Pradesh Government has approved a proposal for setting up solar power plants at the cost of Rs 7,500 crore by 2022 in order to produce 1,535 MW of solar energy, the 24 new plants have currently increased solar power production to 1,140 MW in the state.
Besides, the government has laid a network for rural electrification in the state. With the efforts of the Yogi government, solar rooftops of 225 MW capacity have been installed in the state while markets and roads in the countryside are lit up with solar street lights. Under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Solar Street Light Scheme, solar street lights have been installed in 25,569 markets. Apart from this, installation of 13,791 solar street lights in selected revenue villages under Mukhyamantri Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana is underway.
Furthermore, 19,579 solar pumps have been installed to help farmers in the irrigation of their farms.
The installation of 1,80,000 solar power units in villages has already transformed the picture of villages where a power outage has become a rare affair. This stands in sharp contrast to the situation during previous governments when people used to yearn for power supply for four hours.
The Yogi Government has managed to overcome the power crisis in the state through its thrust on solar energy. As a result of the Government’s initiative ‘Energy Conservation Building Code 2018’ has come into force to save energy in commercial buildings. The Government invited private investment of Rs 2,492 crore under the Bio-Energy Enterprise Promotion Policy, which helped set up solar power units of 180 MW capacity at a cost of Rs 720 crore.
Also, it was for the first time during the Yogi Government that 3,400 solar RO water plants were installed in the primary schools to make safe drinking water available to children at schools.