Ajay Jain Secretary, Department of Energy, during a teleconference with about 1350 filed level officers of the Ssate power utilities in the state, stated that, for the first time AP has attained a power surplus situation and is able to meet around 150 Million Units(MU) per day of Grid Demand. Even though the Demand is expected to go up to around 165 MU/day in the forthcoming summer, the utilities are in a comfortable position to meet the same, he added
Mr Jain has also informed that the Central government has acceded to the request of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and sanctioned 10,000 solar pump sets additionally. “This is in addition to the already sanctioned quantum of 6,725. Govt. of India is going to extend a subsidy of Rs 1,50,000 per pump set and the farmer has to bear 11% of the project cost of Rs 5 lakh for a 5 HP pump set. So far about 3,000 pump sets have been installed by the DISCOMs in association with the NREDCAP and farmers are requested to avail this facility” he explained .