JAMMU, Oct 9: A 50 KW (40KW+10 KW) Roof Top Grid connected Solar Power Plant has been installed at NHPC Regional Office , here which was inaugurated today by Shamsher Singh Manhas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in an impressive function in the presence of S.Kalgaonkar, Executive Director, NHPC, Yoginder Kotha, Chief Engineer(Civil), S.Tirkey Chief (HR), K.L.Acharyullu, Chief (Finance), besides, officers from nearby banks and employees of NHPC were present on the occasion.
Welcoming Manhas, Kalgaonkar said that to meet the surging demand of electricity, solar energy is the best form of energy to fulfil the energy needs of any organisation and bridge the energy demand-supply gap. Keeping this in view, solar power plant was envisaged for the office complex which has now become functional.
Speaking on the occasion, Shamsher Singh Manhas highlighted that geographical location of the country stands to its benefit and India has tremendous scope of generating solar energy. The reason being India is a tropical country and it receives solar radiation almost throughout the year. Since majority of the population lives in rural areas, there is much scope for solar energy being promoted in these areas. Use of solar energy can reduce the use of firewood in rural household. He further said that Solar power is inexhaustible. In energy deficient country like India, where power generation is costly, solar energy is the best alternate means of power generation and we don’t need a power or gas grid to get solar energy.
A solar energy system can be installed anywhere, he said. Solar panels can be easily placed in houses. Hence, it is quite inexpensive compared to other sources of energy, he added. He appreciated the efforts of NHPC for installing on Grid Solar Power Plant at its regional office being a clean renewable resource with zero emission.
The vote of thanks was presented by Yoginder Kotha, Chief Engineer (Civil).