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The Government of India has allocated Rs 600 crore for research, design and development (RD&D) in new and renewable energy sector for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.
During the last Five Year Plan period, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India had spent Rs 72.65 crore for the same activities, sporting about 600 RD&D projects particularly in solar energy sector.
According to a government comunique, the Ministry has launched some new schemes in addition to implementation of ongoing schemes to encourage large-scale use of solar energy in the country during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period.
The new schemes include development of solar cities and demonstration programme on MW size grid solar power generation.
In addition, the Ministry has identified R&D as the thrust areas for solar and other new and renewable energy technologies for the Eleventh Five Year Plan period.
Promotional measures taken by the government includes publicity and awareness campaigns, amendment of building bye-laws for making the use of solar water heaters mandatory in certain categories of buildings, rebate in property tax and electricity tariff to the users of solar water heaters.
According to the Ministry, it has already put in place a comprehensive guidelines for supporting and accelerating pace of RD&D leading to eventual manufacture and deployment of various renewable energy systems including solar energy.