Tuticorin had ample potential to generate solar power, says Collector
Industries have been advised to opt for solar power installations to suit their growing energy demands at the Solar Energy Awareness Workshop organised by Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) here on Saturday.
Principal Secretary to Government, Energy Department, Rajesh Lakhoni, who was the chief guest, appealed to power consumers to tap solar power as an alternative source of energy.
He added that the State government was extending 30 per cent subsidy for generating solar energy.
Mr. Lakhoni said solar energy was maintenance free and could be operated sans technical fault for 25 years, both for domestic and commercial purposes.
The Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy was launched in the State in 2012 and beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme were availing optimum benefits.
Three lakh houses would be constructed with solar powered lighting facilities under this scheme. During 2012 – 13, 60, 000 houses across the State will run on solar power, he added.
Of the 2000 applications received under the subsidised solar power policy, thousand were from Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur.
He pointed out that this was the first awareness workshop to be held on solar energy involving industry bodies and business chambers in Tamil Nadu.
Mr. Ashish Kumar said Tuticorin had ample potential to generate solar power and the district administration would extend all possible support to augment such facilities.
Earlier, during a technical session Chairperson Velraj, Professor, Anna University, Chennai, said while cold countries like Germany were capable of producing 1,000 to 1, 350 kilowatt-hours on one meter square per annum, India could possibly produce 1, 600 to 1, 800 kilowatt-hours in the same area every year.
S. K. Radhakrishnan, a representative of Sara Solar spoke on solar energy for domestic appliances. K. B. Nagendra Murthy, Managing Director of CEO, TMB and S. Selvan Rajadurai, General Manager of the bank also spoke.
Later, Mr. Lakhoni had a look at the solar power panels and other installation equipments.