Focus on solar energy to minimise impact of power crisis

March 06, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 04:59 am IST - SALEM:

Industrial units urged to establish solar energy projects to produce power to meet their industrial needs

Speakers from expert fields highlighted issues that focused on solar energy and different types of energy savers at a seminar organised jointly by the German based FRIEDRICH-NARMANN- STIFTUNG and Salem District Small Scale and Tiny Industries Association here recently.

The seminar on “Solution and Road Map to minimise Power Crises through Solar Energy Projects,” was inaugurated by K. Dhanavel, Secretary, Department of MSME, Tamil Nadu.

He said District Associations of MSME sector must establish solar energy projects to produce power not only to meet the demands of their industrial consumption, but also to support and minimise the power crises faced by the domestic power consumers, institutions, traders and agriculturists.

He said solar power generation was the need of the hour and the Chief Minister had already unveiled an ambitious plan to support and encourage the schemes for the implementation of power projects.

The Chief Minister had envisaged by her ‘VISION 2023,’ 10,000 MW power to be produced within 10 years in stages.

The State government might allot the required lands in the industrial estates established by the SIPCOT and SIDCO subject to availability to the promoters of solar energy projects and district associations must take the initiative to submit new solar power projects to the government. He said 15 per cent of the registered MSME units in the country (about 8.60 lakh) were set up in Tamil Nadu, and their production was about 45 per cent. Export contribution was 40 per cent.

“To encourage more production of solar energy the state through an order has made all power generating industries to produce at least 6 per cent of their generation from the solar energy projects,” he added.

He also urged the unemployed youth to avail themselves of novel schemes.

“New Entrepreneur Enterprises Development Scheme (NEEDS), a model scheme of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to establish new units at a project cost up to Rs. 1 crore towards land, building and machinery to which 25 per cent subsidy and 70 per cent loan can be sanctioned with a meagre contribution of five per cent of margin money by the entrepreneurs,” he pointed out.

Manu Karan, Head, Roof-Top Solar business informed that so far they had interconnected over 989 MW of solar energy across the world.

Dilipkumar representing a German-based company SMA Solar inverters explained the solar inverter technology by which the cost could be reduced.

Subodh Kumar, Executive for Programmes for the German based FRIEDRICH-NARMANN- STIFTUNG spoke about various programmes his firm offered.

K. Mariappan, President of Salem District Small Scale & Tiny Industries Association presided over the function and explained the purpose of the seminar.

P. Subhash Cahandra Bose, an international expert on solar energy revealed that there are only three units in Tamil Nadu to produce solar power equipment.

He said that there is very good scope to establish many solar energy projects to generate power from 1 kW to 100 kW for which the Government of India is sanctioning a subsidy of 30 per cent of the project cost, or Rs. 81 per watt whichever is less.

He detailed about the procedures and rules and regulations adopted by the Ministry of New Renewable Energy to get National Accreditation Certificate for solar power product manufacturers. IEC certificate is issued by international Agency for International accreditation.

M. Paramasivam, CRM of Indian Overseas Bank said that IOB has designed an exclusive loan scheme, called IOB SURYA for funding the new establishment of solar energy units up to Rs. 10 lakh..

And IOB had already reached a target of Rs. 4,200 crore for the current year to the MSME sector.

K. Ashok Kumar, president of Tamil Nadu Solar Power Developers Association has made detailed procedures to be followed for the establishment of new units and guided how to procure a quality solar inverters and equipment.

M. Ilangovan, vice president of SADISSTIA proposed a vote of thanks.

The office bearers S. Govindan, S. Kuppusamy, P. Ramanathan, N. Rangachari organised the programme.

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