Significant year for renewable energy in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Dec 26 (UNI) The year 2007 witnessed some significant developments in Haryana in the field of renewable energy, which included initiative to generate 697.70 MW of power with private investment of Rs 3278 crore, launch of five year action plan and implementation of other measures to conserve electricity.

Besides, three National Awards were presented by the President of India to the Department of Renewable Energy and HAREDA for the implementation of Solar Cooker Programme, Solar Urban Programme and implementation of SPV Demonstration programme, an official spokesman said.

The Union Power Ministry, he said, had appreciated the initiative of the Department to conserve electrical energy.

The Department signed MoUs with 10 firms to set up 23 biomass, three small hydro and four wind energy based power projects to generate 697.70 MW of power with a private investment of Rs 3278 crore.

The Chief Minister launched a Rs 18.39 crore 5-year action plan for implementation of the Energy Conservation Programme in the state.

The action plan includes implementation of five demonstration projects--energy efficiency in Municipal Pumping Stations, Energy Efficiency in Street Lighting in one of the municipalities, co-generation in rice mills, energy efficiency in agriculture pump sets and public transport sector.

Under the action plan, list of industry-wise designated consumers will be prepared and their energy consumption data base will be created.

Also, awareness and promotional activities would be undertaken, annual year book of Energy Conservation would be prepared and State Energy Conservation Fund would be created.

Haryana is the first state in the country to issue a comprehensive notification for mandatory use of solar water heating systems, mandatory use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and 28 W tube lights in Government or Government aided buildings and mandatoiry use of ISI marked motor pumps sets, foot or reflex in Agriculture Sector.

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