Karnataka (India): Wind energy policy in two months

The State government has decided to come out with a policy for wind energy besides updating the solar energy policy to include plans for encouraging roof-top grid connected solar power plants and solar-powered water pumps.

Announcing this at an interaction meeting with members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI) here on Friday, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Amita Prasad, said that the wind policy is expected to be in place in about two months from now.

Though the State had a policy for the renewable energy sector as a whole, there was no exclusive policy for the development of the wind energy sector, she pointed out. There was a need for a policy for tapping wind energy as the State had high potential for wind energy, she said.

Referring to the solar energy policy formulated last year, Dr. Prasad said that this policy did not have the incentives and policy measures pertaining to grid-connected roof-top solar plants and solar-powered water pumps.