Prime Minister Narendra Modi assessed the work of the Ministry of Power (MoP) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and deliberated policy initiatives.
For the renewable energy sector, he said that there is a need for an all-inclusive approach for the entire supply chain in the agricultural sector oscillating from solar water pumps to decentralized solar cold storages.
He accentuated on the need for an innovative model in rooftop solar sector and said that each state should have at least one city, either its capital or any other well-known tourist destination, which is made fully solar through rooftop power generation.
“Prominence was also made on ecosystem development for manufacturing of ingots, wafers, cells and modules in India, which would also help generate employment in addition to various other advantages,” the brief of the meeting presided by the PM stated.
It added that the PM also asked to accelerate the plan for a carbon neutral Ladakh and deliberated about the supply of drinking water in coastal areas by harnessing the solar and wind energy.
Concerning the MoP, he said that there is a need to develop consumer satisfaction while increasing operational efficiency, and improving financial sustainability of the power sector.
He pointed out that the problems in the power sector, particularly of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states. “Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance,” he said.
He said that equipment usages in the power sector should be made in India. And further added that the power ministry should ensure that discoms publish their performance parameters periodically so that people know how their discoms fare in comparison to the peers.
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