The Bengal Government wants to achieve a target of 200MW with respect to annual generation of solar power. Currently, the generation capacity is 70MW.
The State Power Minister, while giving out these facts at a recent conference, also said that the Government is taking a lot of steps to reduce the loss of power during transmission. He said by 2025, the Government would be able to complete the laying of underground cable for transmission of power in 75 cities and towns across the State. Underground cable would also help in improving on the quality of power being transmitted.
Another important fact mentioned by the Power Minister was that in the next few years, the State Government plans to spend Rs 15,000 crore on various power projects.
In a stride towards reducing its electricity bill and curbing pollution, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is also aiming for usage of maximum solar power. It is aiming for using solar power for its 46 markets, beginning with the setting up of two 200kW grids at Lake Market and Gariahat Market. The civic body is already using solar power for lighting up a number of parks like Deshapriya Park, College Square, Maddox Square, Jatin Das Park, Deshbandhu Park, etc., because of which it saves around Rs 8,000 a month on electricity.