Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday urged Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah to increase the Central subsidy on solar pumps from Rs.50,000 to at least Rs. two lakh, issue detailed guidelines of National Solar Mission and give sufficient funds to Haryana to make various renewable energy devices affordable to the people living in rural areas.

Inaugurating the International Conference and Exposition on Renewable Energy Agenda for the North organised by Confederation of Indian Industry here, Dr. Abdullah appreciated the initiatives taken by Haryana in popularising non conventional sources of energy and assured all assistance of his Ministry to the State Government.

Dr. Abdullah was so much impressed with the implementation of various schemes of renewable energy in Haryana and Punjab that he made the audience give a standing ovation to Mr. Hooda and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in recognition of the commendable job being done by both the States.

Wind power

He said that India had achieved over 15,500 MW of grid interactive installed renewable power which was around eight per cent of the total installed grid capacity. He added that India was fully prepared to harness 48,500 MW wind power by the year 2022. Mr. Hooda said that Haryana being an agrarian State and its economy also being dependent on agriculture, its farmers meet their irrigation requirements with diesel or electricity pumps. Therefore, there was a need to implement a scheme of solar energy based pump sets for irrigation. A 1,800 watt solar pump costed about Rs.3.50 lakh.