The Northeastern state of Assam has a renewable energy potential of 14,487 megawatt (MW) with solar energy taking the largest share, R K Singh, new and renewable energy minister said in a written reply in Parliament on 9th March.
According to the data provided by the Parliament, solar energy has the highest potential in the state with 13,760 megawatt capacity, followed by biomass with 279 megawatt, wind energy with 246 megawatt, and small hydro projects with 202 megawatt capacities.
Source-wise renewable energy potential estimated of Assam
R K Singh added that the state has allocated capacity demand for 2020-21 under the PM-KUSUM scheme.
According to the statement, under Component-A of the scheme, Assam plans to set up 50 megawatt of small solar power plants on barren or fallow land of farmers.
Under Component-B, it targets to install 1,000 standalone solar pumps, while under Component-C, solarisation of 500 existing grid-connected agriculture pumps is targeted.
PM-KUSUM is a demand driven scheme and allocations are made based on the demand received from the states. Central finance assistance is then disbursed according to the scheme guidelines on achievement of specified milestones by the discoms and state nodal agencies.