HP to formulate Solar and Wind Energy Policy

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Shimla, Jul 20 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said Himurja will consider formulating Solar and Wind Energy Policy to harness the solar and wind power potential available at identified places in the state to add to the energy generation potential of the state.

Reviewing the progress and achievements of the HIMURJA in a meeting held here last evening, he said the state would convene a ''Conference on Hydro Power Policy'' in September to provide a platform to the IPPs, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Confederation members to clear their doubts over the harnessing of this energy.

Mr Dhumal said solar energy was gaining popularity with the consumers since it had low recurring costs and was environmentally safe for domestic and commercial use.

It was a positive sign that many of the house owners and commercial establishments were opting for solar powered devices for their daily use, he added.

He said need had arose to identify wind potential, which could be converted into non-conventional energy, and added to the power grid in association with the experts in the field and added this would help Himachal emerge as the power state.

The Chief Minister said five mini and micro hydro electric projects of 1,255 kw functioning in interiors and remote areas of the state were generating an annual revenue of about Rs. 54.25 lakh for the state.

Power was being made available to the 446 consumers in Bara Bhangal area through the mini projects and generator sets since it was one of the most the inaccessible area of the state, he said.

Mr Dhumal said two more projects of 1.3 MW at Sach and Billing in the tribal areas of Pangi and Lahaul were likely to be commissioned soon and would provide an additional income of Rs 1.10 crore to the state.

Memorandum of Understandins (MOUs) have been signed for execution of 259 such projects of 829.35 MW with various entrepreneurs who were being requested to complete them in a time bound manner, he said.

He said out of 133 projects of 461.25MW capacity at implementation and agreement stage, 15 with 51.15 MW capacity had already been commissioned, 55 of 207.60 MW were under construction, while remaining 63 of 202.50 MW were at various stages of clearances.

In all, 15 projects worth 51.15 MW had been executed under the supervision of HIMURJA, he said and added that HIMURA had targeted capacity addition of 122.70 MW during the current financial year.

The Chief Minister said HIMUJA had the experienced manpower capable to undertake execution of more hydro electric projects.

He also directed the authorities to supplement the endeavour of the state government in implementation of the 'Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna' which would be launched in the state soon.

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