Efforts on to promote use of renewable energy sources

ALL EARS: NCC cadets at a Renewable Energy sources awareness programme in Salem on Friday.

ALL EARS: NCC cadets at a Renewable Energy sources awareness programme in Salem on Friday.  

Staff Reporter

Collector lists out steps taken by the administration

SALEM: The district administration was making all-out efforts to promote use of renewable energy sources in the district, Collector N. Mathivanan said.

At the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Day function here on Friday, he listed out various steps taken up by the district administration to promote use of renewable energy sources.

He said the district administration had provided solar-powered lights to 335 houses and 15 streetlights with 100 per cent subsidy in Mannur, Neyyamalai and Jambathumalai areas.

Besides, the administration had installed 375 solar-powered streetlights in the district in the last three years, he added.

More than 10,000 individual biomass gasifier units were established in the district.

The district administration had decided to install about 160 more units in the current year, the Collector said.

There was a possibility that conventional energy sources like petroleum and coal might run out in another 50 years.

Therefore, he said, people should try to use renewable energy sources. The government was providing assistance and banks were extending loans at low interest rates to install solar-powered lights.

For instance, the government was providing Rs. 2,500 as subsidy to install a solar power light in houses, he said.

Earlier, the district administration organised an awareness rally on renewable energy sources.

The Collector flagged off the rally, which, after passing though important streets in the city, concluded at the Hanging Garden.

More than 2,000 students from various schools, National Service Scheme volunteers and NCC cadets participated in the rally.

The Collector presented prizes to the winners of various competitions on renewable energy sources. An exhibition on renewable energy sources was also organised.

In another function, Renewable Energy Club of the Government College of Engineering conducted a seminar on renewable energy today and tomorrow.

Managing Director of K.C.P. Solar industry Limited, P. Ashok Kumar, highlighted the importance renewable energy sources. He said solar energy was the best form of renewable energy, which could be used both for domestic and industrial purposes.

Presiding over the function, College Principal A. Ebenezer Jeyakumar stressed the need for effective use of solar, wind, biogas and so on.

Experts delivered lectures on solar refrigeration and solar pond, biomass gasifier and bio-fuels.

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