A grid-connected rooftop solar power plant has been installed for the first time in the State at the residence of Thokchom Jotin Singh, Kongpal Kongkham Leikai, Imphal East.
Chief Secretary O Nabakishore inaugurated the solar plant today.
Speaking at the occasion, Nabakishore said that solar power is environment friendly and each solar power plant lasts for around 25 years.
Moreover, excess power generated from rooftop solar plants can be sold to the Government or power companies.
The State Government has been working to install a number of rooftop solar power plants whose total installed capacity would be 5 MW within the 12th Plan period under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
He said that the solar plant inaugurated today is the first of its kind in the State which has been connected to power grid.
Excess power generated from rooftop solar plants can be sold through power grids but the price of power per unit would be determined by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission of Manipur and Mizoram, Nabakishore added.
MANIREDA Director L Manglem said that installation of solar power plants at private residences can make up power shortfalls of the State to a considerable extent.
The State has already fixed a target of generating 50 MW of power from rooftop solar power plants by 2022, Manglem said.
Apart from house owner Jotin, Power Commissioner Vineet Joshi, MSPDCL Executive Director Y Priyokumar and other officials were also present at the inaugural function.