Will pursue 15th Finance Commission to allocate funds for solar power generation: Deputy CM
IMPHAL | Jul 11 : Deputy chief minister, Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said that he will urge 15th Finance Commission to allocate more funds for solar power generation in the state.
The deputy CM was speaking at the inaugural functions of Grid Connected Roof Top Solar power Plant of 5 KW each installed at Epathoukok Cultural Complex, Lamphelpat and Samadon Shanglen at Uripok Ningthoukhongjam Leikai in Imphal today.
Speaking at the function held at Samadon Shanglen, Joykumar said that Manipur falls under tropical climatic conditions where sunlight is adequately available throughout the year. He also said that there is a huge potential of solar power generation in the state and therefore a proposal will be made in this regard and will pursue to the 15th Finance Commission to allocate more funds.
He further said that solar power generation is a renewable and useful concept rather than conventional power sources like thermal and nuclear which are non-renewable and hazardous to our environment. He continued that being the cheapest and freely available power source, solar power generation can be developed in large scale in the state. Although small in size and population, Manipur has been experiencing huge demand of power consumption from time to time and it will increase further, he added.
Joykumar said, “being an important parameter of development, per capita power consumption have to be met and also all developmental activities can be taken up if we have abundantpower generation. The share of power which we are enjoying from Loktak Hydro Electric Project alone cannot meet the requirements we have and therefore Government has been spending more than 400 crores of rupees annually in purchasing power from power grids.”
In such a situation, the only way out to meet the requirement would be to generate solar power in large scale so that our requirements can be made available and also excess energy can also be sold even to neighbouring countries like Myanmar, he added.
Maintaining that almost all areas under Uripok Assembly Constituency will be covered under the scheme, the deputy CM said, 45 sites, mostly public places like community halls, club buildings and cultural complexes have been identified and 33 power plants have been installed and started generation and the remaining installations works will be completed latest by this week. He appealed people to cooperate with the initiative so that an efficient and environment friendly power generation can be made to ensure a developed and prosperous state.
Joykumar also inaugurated two power plants of 3 KW each at Langol Aying Leikai and Langol Leima Khullen Leikai in Imphal West. Director of MANIREDA, L. Manglem Singh also spoke on the importance of solar energy generation in the state.
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