1704 hamlets to be electrified through non-conventional sources

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Agartala, Nov 5 (UNI) The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has agreed to provide financial support to 8719 remote villages of ten states, including 1704 hamlets in the Northeast in current fiscal.

State Science and Technology Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy told UNI here today that the ministry would support to develop infrastructure for facilitating electrification through non-conventional sources of energy.

According to plan, renewable energy technologies used for this purpose include solar photovoltaic home-lighting systems and decentralised small hydro and biomass gasification systems.

Besides, 1485 villages in Assam and 14 in Manipur, 205 villages of remote villages of Tripura would be electrified under the programme. It was estimated that around 31.7 billion units of electrical energy would be generated annually for feeding into the grid through 13450 MW of power generation capacity from various renewable energy sources in ten states.

Mr Debroy attributed that under Remote Village Electrification (RVE) programme, proposals were received from the state governments, for financial support for creation of facilities for lighting/basic electricity through renewable energy sources in eligible remote un-electrified villages and hamlets including tribal villages.

Implementation of renewable energy programme was routinely monitored at different levels and it would be carried out by the officers implementing the programme themselves, or, through other independent agencies, he added.

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