Chief Minister to focus on solar power: Minister
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will soon make a policy statement on renewable energy generation, with particular focus on solar power, as a perennial solution to bridge the gap between (energy) production and demand, Minister for Electricity Natham R. Viswanathan announced on Friday.
Against the installed capacity of 11,500 MW, the production was 8,500 MW. With the anticipated addition of 4,500 MW during 2012, Tamil Nadu was poised to become a power surplus State, as was the case in the earlier AIADMK regime, the Minister said, addressing the valedictory function organised to honour winners of State-level inter-school competitions conducted since October by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) in association with Rotary International.
The ‘Green Energy Virumbuvom' campaign carried out through 300 Rotary clubs reached about five lakh students and 3.5 lakh students from over 750 schools across Tamil Nadu took part in the competitions.
The Chief Minister's policy statement, he said, would reflect a long-term vision to promote renewable energy: wind, solar, and biogas, factoring in the rate of depletion of coal reserves for running pollution-causing thermal power stations.
The State has tapped hydel power maximally, and ranks first in the country in wind energy generation, he said, expressing certainty that the campaign by TEDA for solar power use would create an impact similar to the initiative by the earlier AIADMK regime for harvesting rainwater.
Mr. Viswanathan honoured the prize-winners in the presence of M. Paranjothi, Minister for HR and CE; Sudeep Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, TEDA; and the District Collector Jayashree Muralidharan.
Mr. Paranjothi lauded the strategy of involving students.
Mr. Sudeep thanked the Rotary International for making the campaign a mass movement, and said initiatives for green energy generation will be further accelerated.
The Collector said that all efforts must be taken to preserve natural resources.
The top three winners in the four categories: drawing, collage, essay writing and elocution, were honoured with battery operated scooterettes.
Runners up received renewable energy gadgets like energy home kit and solar lanterns.
Drawing and collage competitions were conducted for students of classes VI to VIII and essay and elocution for those from classes IX to XI.
A film on the inevitable need to shift to green energy was screened as part of the valediction.