In a move to boost solar energy production in Maharashtra, Mahavitaran, the power transmission company of the state government, is planning to purchase 1000 MW solar power this year.
As compared to solar power, thermal power is sold at Rs 5 per unit, he said.
Under the Chief Minister's Solar Agri Feeder programme, solar power pumps with the capacity of 7000 MW will be set up for the agriculture purpose.
At present, such agriculture pump sets having 5500 MW capacity have been set up.
"This year, the government is planning to set up floating solar panels on water reservoirs to produce solar energy, the official said, adding that the floating solar panel on Ujni dam in Solapur district will be the first such solar power generation scheme in the state.
He said global tenders for the project would be invited soon.
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