Focus should shift to harnessing renewable energy: Advisor

* Reviews functioning of Science & Technology Deptt
Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 19: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today reviewed the functioning of Science & Technology department and the initiatives taken to harness all forms of renewable energy in the State.
K Vijay Kumar while chairing a meeting which was attended by Secretary Science & Technology, Fayaz Ahmad, CEO JAKEDA and other senior officers and Engineers of the department enquired about the performance made under various projects being initiated by the department in the State with details of feedback on the completed works.
While discussing the efforts undertaken by JAKEDA to tap the energy potential from all kind of renewable sources in the State including Solar, Hydel and Wind, the Advisor was briefed about the projects taken up to harness all these forms of renewable energy.
With regard to Solar Power Projects, it was given out that J&K has been allocated a collective target of 1150 MW to be achieved by the end of 2022 out of which 450 MW have to be achieved through Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power.
CEO JAKEDA said that it has empaneled various firms as vendors through tendering process for installations of Rooftop Solar Plants ranging from 1 KW to 500 KW capacity.
The Advisor enquired about the progress made in this regard and the cost details of Rooftop Photovoltaic (RTPV) and numbers of RTPV provided to domestic and Government institutions.
K Vijay Kumar asked JAKEDA to discuss this with various Government institutions especially educational and health where Rooftop Solar Plants can be installed for generating power for their own consumption.
Under PMDP, it was apprised that the agency has also identified 13 sites (each of upto 10 MW station capacity) with an aggregate capacity of 114.5 MW for development of Small Hydro Power Projects. Various issues pertaining to these projects were discussed in detail including fund availability for the execution of the works.
The progress for setting up of Mega Size Solar Power Plants in the State was also deliberated upon. The Advisor asked for taking up the issue with various departments having land with them which can be utilized for setting up of these Mega Solar Plants.
Pre-feasibility analysis done for the sites at four locations in Basohli Tehsil of Kathua district could be developed in first instance for the purpose, CEO JAKEDA informed.
With regard to development of Mini Hydel Projects, the Advisor was informed that the agency had the mandate for implementation of Mini Hydel Projects (MHPs) upto 2 MW. 4 MHPs are in the advanced stages of construction. Further, JAKEDA has awarded 35 Mini Hydel Projects to be developed by IPPs in phased manner.
To harness the wind energy, the meeting was told that wind masts were installed at various locations by National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai for assessment of wind power potential in the State. Till date only one site at village Bidda, district Reasi has been found to have potential for development of wind power project.
The issues related to the development 6 MW wind power project on pilot basis under Ministry’s Wind Demonstration Scheme including transfer of the land of the identified site in possession of NHPC to JAKEDA were also discussed in detail.
Addressing the officers, K Vijay Kumar assured the support of the Government in developing the solar, mini hydel and wind power projects in the state. He said that the efforts should bring positive results and the power generated through renewable energy sources would help in meeting out the requirement of power to the same extent.


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