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Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates Grid Connected Roof Top Solar Power Plant

DIPR
Imphal, May 16,

Deputy Chief Minister had inaugurated a Grid connected roof top solar power plant at office premise of United Club & Library (UCAL), Uripok Khwairak Selungba Leirak in Imphal. The power plant will generate power from solar energy for street lighting has been installed by Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA), as a part of the ongoing solar energy generation project jointly undertaking with Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL). The plant has a capacity to generate five Mega Watts of power and will provide power to around 80 street lamps in the area.
Speaking at the function, Deputy Chief Minister said, 35 different sites in Uripok Assembly Constituency have been identified to install such solar power plants for the first phase. As of now, 12 plants have been installed and have started power generation. 11 more plants will also become functional within three-four days. He further said, such power plants can be helpful in generating clean energy and excess energy can be transmitted to MSPDCL, which in turn generating revenue. Stating that under the ambitious project, almost all places in his Constituency will be covered in phase wise manner, Shri Joykumar Singh said, installation works of the first phase will be completed within 30th of June this year. He said, in the first phase, public places like community halls, clubs and institutions will be covered. 70 per cent of the total expenditure required in installation of the plants will be borne by MANIREDA. He appealed to the people to extend support while identifying places where it can be installed and to avail such benefits which will be helpful in overall development of power generation in the State.
Director, MANIREDA, L. Manglem Singh said, power supply improved considerably in the last three-four years in the state. He said, under Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), 8 per cent of the total power generation in the state per year will be from solar energy and steps are being taken up to generate more and more solar energy to meet the target. As of now, around 6.2 Mega Watts of power can only be generated from solar energy as against the target of 40-50 Mega Watts per year. Therefore, Grid connected roof top solar power plant has been introduced as third step of solar energy generation in the state.

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