Chief Secretary O Nabakishore has stated that a solar power project of 40 MW would be taken up in the State.Notably, the Chief Secretary went to Germany in the last week of July to study generation of renewable energy in the European country and he arrived here yesterday.Speaking to media persons at his office chamber today, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore said that Manipur has enough potential to generate power from solar energy and wind energy.
Nabakishore said that he along with 19 other Government officials of India went to Germany in the last week of July and studied generation of renewable energy in the country at the initiative of Ministry of Renewable Energy.With the help of solar roof-top power plants, Germany was generating 40,000 MW and a similar quantity from wind energy.Even farmers generate power and the excess power is sold to the Government in Germany.
Likewise, the State Government has written to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission, Aizawl to buy power at the rate of over Rs 5 per unit once power is generated using roof-top solar power plants in the State.Roof-top area of 600 square feet would be required for generating 5 KW of power using solar power plants. Nonetheless, house owners would get subsidy of 70 per cent in setting up the roof-top solar power plants.A net metering system would also be installed to ascertain the quantity of power used by the particular households and how much is sold to the Government, said the Chief Secretary.
Meanwhile, a source informed that officials of the State Power Department held a meeting with Ministry of Power Secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari about ensuring round the clock power supply in Manipur by 2019.Regarding this initiative, an MoU would be signed between the Government of India and the State Government on August 10, informed the source.