Inter-linkages between different sectors of an economy are axiomatic. Despite this, siloed thinking has led to suboptimal outcomes in India and States’ development. Recent times, however, have seen attempts at moving towards more integrated thinking. Much of this has been due to technological and economic developments.
On the technology side, electric vehicles require the holistic consideration of electrical grid, urban, and transport planning. On the economics side, energy-efficient buildings with solar power can reduce costs for building owners.
Let’s look at three policies issued in Tamil Nadu since 2019: (i) Tamil Nadu Solar Policy, 2019; (ii) Tamil Nadu Electric Vehicle Policy, 2019; and (iii) Tamil Nadu Industrial Policy, 2021. There are opportunities that arise based on the inter-linkages between these three policies in Tamil Nadu.
Overview of policies
The Solar Policy’s vision is to embed solar energy development as part of a larger state strategy involving DSM (demand side management), energy conservation, energy efficiency (EE), electric mobility, smart grids, and DRE (distributed renewable energy).
It also seeks to generate green jobs and make solar power available, accessible, and affordable to all citizens.