Hydropower generation to be stepped up

Special Correspondent
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The government expects to increase the installed capacity in hydropower generation by 140 MW, besides tapping 100 MW of solar power through ongoing initiatives, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj has said.

In his address to the Assembly on Friday, Mr. Bhardwaj said the government accorded high priority to tapping green energy sources.

Grid-connected solar panels were being installed over government buildings and measures were on to popularise off-grid solar panels on top of houses.

A solar power station with a capacity to generate 2 MW of electricity was being set up at Kuzhalmannam. He said the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Thermal Power Corporation for a project to generate around 200 MW of wind energy in the State on build-own-and-operate basis. There was also a proposal to set up a 22-MW wind farm in the land allotted by the Kerala Infrastructure Development Corporation at the Textile Park in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Governor said another proposal, now being taken up, was to set up a gas-based power plant of 300 MW capacity at Brahmapuram, where the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) had the required land.

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