24 Oct :Under the special, separate programme for remote village electrification, Ministry of New and Renewable energy has provided financial support to 8719 remote villages. This amount is used to create facilities of lighting basic electricity. Renewable energy technologies used for this purpose include solar photovoltaic home-lighting systems and decentralized small hydro and biomass gasification systems.
It is estimated that around 31.7 billion units of electrical energy will be generated annually for feeding into the grid through 13450 MW of power generation capacity from various renewable energy sources, installed so far. This electrical energy is fed into the Grid. Most of the electricity fed into the Grid currently is of conventional form.
Under the Remote Village Electrification (RVE) Programme, proposals are received from the State Governments, for financial support for creation of facilities for lighting/basic electricity through renewable energy sources in eligible remote un-electrified villages and hamlets including tribal villages. Such proposals are sanctioned once they are complete in all respects and are in conformity with the provisions of the RVE Programme, subject to budget provisions.
Implementation of renewable energy Programmes is routinely monitored at different levels. Such monitoring may be carried out by the officers implementing the Programmes themselves, or, through other independent agencies. Further, the Ministry also undertakes independent monitoring and evaluation of Programmes from time to time on a random sample basis through reputed monitoring agencies
This was stated by the Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Shri Vilas Muttemwar in a reply to a question by S/Shri Hansraj G. Ahir Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, G.M. Siddeswara and Jasubhai Dhanabhai Barad in Lok Sabha.