Imphal, May 31,
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, public awareness campaigns have to be initiated to make people aware on the importance of solar energy. He was speaking at the inaugural function of a grid connected roof top solar power plant (5 KW) at Lainingthou Eshing Chaiba Complex, Nagamapal in Imphal today.
Deputy Chief Minister said, it is time to understand the importance of solar energy as an alternative source of power. There may be a number of sources of power like coal, hydro, thermal and nuclear, however solar and wind energy are the cheapest and the most abundant sources of power. He said, availability of power has been an index of development as it is required at any developmental activities. Stating that requirements of power will increase further, Shri Joykumar Singh said, power generation from renewable sources should be developed to cater the needs. Technologies have been developing to tap energy from such sources and it is for us to invest on it.
Mentioning about the ongoing project jointly taken up by MANIREDA & MSPDCL, Deputy Chief Minister said, it is an ambitious project through which energy generation can be enhanced and overall power generation in the state will also be increased. He said, altogether 42 Grid connected roof top solar power plants will be installed in Uripok Assembly Constituency by June this year. It will help to electrify streets and public places in the constituency. If once installed, there will be no shortage of power. Stating that his constituency would be a model constituency in solar energy generation, he said, if such plants have been installed in all the Constituencies in the State, there will be an overall improvement in power sector.
Director, MANIREDA L. Manglem Singh said, the project has been taken up as a part of India’s Vision of generating one lakh megawatt of power from solar energy by 2022. He said, under the vision, grid connected roof top solar power plant is a new initiative through which maximum energy can be generated and stored. Maintaining that it will help to increase generation, Manglem Singh urged people to install such plants at their homes. He further said, power tariff has been increasing and therefore at least there should be a provision to harvest solar energy in new buildings and other constructions.
Later today, Deputy Chief Minister also inaugurated another grid connected roof top solar power plant (5 KW) at Imphal Public Library of Uripok Sorbon Thingel in Imphal.