MANIREDA to electrify hills

Imphal, February 24, 2017 (DIPR): Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today inaugurated 100 KWp Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) Power Plant at the Mechanical Engineering Workshop, National Institute of Technology, Manipur Langol Campus.

The project is being funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India and MANIREDA is the implementing agency. NIT spent only Rs. 20 lakhs for the solar photovoltaic power plant  where as the actual estimate cost is Rs. 2 crore 53 lakhs.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Biswajit said that it is a very good initiative of the authorities of the institute to install the solar power plant inside the campus. He also encouraged the authorities to initiate such more solar power plants inside the campus to meet their daily power demand of 500 KW.

The Minister maintained that without power, industrialisation cannot be successful and power is as important as water to human beings. In today’s world, the use of electronic gadgets has increased manifold in gradually increases power consumption in every household.

He also highlighted about the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All, UJALA scheme which is already launched in the State. He stated that by using LED bulbs and tubes we are saving money and energy at the same time. Using LED Bulbs and tubes also control emission of carbon dioxide, he added.

He also informed that daily power consumption during peak hour is 180MW and 80-90 MW during off peak hour in the State. Today the Power department has managed to reduce control power loss to 28 percent from 44 percent and the department is targeting to reduce power loss at 20 percent by 2018.

Minister Biswajit also informed that the entire State will be electrified by December, three months ahead of all India target. MANIREDA has already installed solar plant in far flung areas and targeting to electrify all inaccessible hilly areas. At the same time, nine locations have been identified for installation of wind mill plants in the State to produce green energy, as it is the future energy.

Speaking on the occasion, Director MANIREDA Shri L.Manglem Singh said that energy is a vital necessity in today’s world and it is helping things to be done at higher speed comfortably. He also informed that power scenario in the State is improving.

The director also said that the institute can sell off their excess power to the Power Department through the grid.

Today’s inauguration was also attended by Chairman of MANIREDA Shri Ginsuanhau Haopu, Director, NIT Dr. S.Birendra Singh, officials of MANIREDA, NIT among others.

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