`Renewable energy must be part of any strategy for sustainable growth'

Staff Correspondent

`It can help in meeting the increasing demand for electricity'

RANEBENNUR: Renewable and alternative energy sources are often more economical and less polluting than fossil fuels, H. Naganagoudar, Technical Officer, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited, Bangalore, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on "Progress in renewable energy sources" organised by Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Institute of Technology, Ranebennur, and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. here on Friday.

Dr. Naganagouda said renewable energy can help in meeting the increasing demand for power at the least economical and environmental cost. They must be part of any strategy for sustainable economic development, he added.

Sensing the need and potential for renewable energy such as solar, wind, and biomass, the Centre established a commission for additional sources and energy in the early 1980s.

It was later transformed into a department.

Tapping of non-conventional energy source has been impressive since then, he said.

Energy Justice is the only organisation that favours a complete phase out of nuclear power, fossil fuel energy and incineration in the next 20 years, he said. Presiding over the function, S.K. Raikar, principal of the college, said that in order to achieve progress in all fields, adapting to the new developments is essential.

B.N. Gadag, Joint Director of the District Industries Centre, spoke.

Suresh Jangamashetti of Basaveshwar, R.G. Patil, Mohankumar, Kumarappa, Manavendra, V.M. Daivagna and N. Madhukeshwar were present.