Rajasthan Energy Minister B D Kalla on Tuesday said the government would bring a new renewable energy policy in the state.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘exploring renewable energy potential in the state of Rajasthan’ on the 75th birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Kalla asked the department officials to conduct more research in the domain.
He also called upon the industrialists to invest in generating renewable energy.
“The government is bringing a new policy to harness solar, wind and biomass energy to make Rajasthan a leading state in renewable energy sector,” Kalla said.
He said it was Rajiv Gandhi’s vision to protect environment and generate electricity through renewable energy sources.
The minister said the government was working towards development of pollution free industries and producing green energy.
“Currently the state’s renewable energy production capacity is 1,600 MW and around 3,300 tonnes of coal is required for generating 1MW electricity through traditional sources, but now due to renewable energy production, the state is saving 5 lakh tonne coal every year,” Kalla said.
State Forest and Environment Minister Sukhram Vishnoi, also present at the seminar, said production of solar and wind energy is favourable to the environment, while traditional power generation damages it.
State’s Chief Secretary DB Gupta and others officials were also present on the occasion.