Norway has supported a project to electrify 28 villages with solar Mini-grid plants in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand & Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. Under Off-grid and decentralized solar applications scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Ministry provides 30% capital subsidy which ranges from Rs.27/-per Wp to Rs.135/- per Wp for installation of solar PV systems and power plants.
The Minister further stated that In special category States viz. North Eastern States, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Himanchal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep and A&N Islands, the Ministry provides 90% capital subsidy which ranges from Rs.81/- Wp to Rs.405/-per Wp for Government organizations (Not for commercial organizations and corporations). Ministry is supporting state governments in these states to exploit solar potential, the Minister added.