The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) will be focussing on creating awareness among the public about the optimum utilisation of renewable energy at affordable costs and educating engineering students in the 16 districts of south and Central Tamil Nadu.

These are the priorities of the new Deputy General Manager of TEDA , Madurai Region, S.E.S. Syed Ahamed, who took charge on Monday.

“The main objective is to ensure that the public does not suffer from energy shortages. Optimum utilisation of renewable energy but at minimum costs will be a thrust area,” he said told The Hindu in Madurai on Wednesday.

Educating and training the upcoming engineers about non-conventional sources of energy in order to help them develop new and innovative ideas. How to harness renewable energy to their full capacity would also be accorded importance thereby reducing the power demand to the maximum possible. Such initiatives would be undertaken with a particular emphasis on backward areas.

Speaking about biogas, he said that townships that generate a lot of waste could make use of this technology to generate power. The local authorities could light up the street lights in their locality utilising the power generated in this manner.

Such a system could substantially reduce the power demands besides resulting in monetary savings, said Mr. Ahamed. Rural areas could generate power through gobar gas, which is derived from the cow dung, he added.

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