Major push for solar energy in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government as a part of the new solar energy policy 2019 has implemented the  solar power greenhouses scheme, benefiting around 2.86 lakh houses  in the state , said Asia Mariam, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency ( TEDA) , Government of Tamil Nadu. Inaugurating the 9th edition of TAN ENERGY Summit 2019 on the theme “Emerging Energy Scenario in the Current Economic Trend” organized bythe  FICCI here on Friday, she said the State has given a capital subsidy of Rs.20,000 to the solar village with a 160MW solar panel.The TEDA chief also said that the state has solarized around 10,000 weavers‘houses in Tamil Nadu so far with a pointed reference to the implementation of solar producing farmers’ scheme under which an incentive is extended to those farmers who is promoting solar energy. She also said that the state is committed to providing free power to the farmers apart from encouraging solar power in the rural areas.The top official also dwelt at length the move on the solarisation of all government buildings in the state so as to reduce the burden of power tariff.
She noted that both the central and state government have extended a subsidy to those promoting solar energy as part of the renewable energy concept which has a greater relevance  in the future.V.KavithaDutt , Chairperson, FICCI TNSC & JMD, The KCP Ltd, said the country’s per capita energy consumption today is a third of the global average and therefore power sector assumes significance and becomes the key focus area to promote sustained growth.“The installed power capacity of the state is roughly 31.30GW and of that 47% is from Thermal power, followed by 41% of renewable power, 6.96% of hydropower and 4,63% of nuclear power,” she added .She further said that the private sector is the biggest contributor to the total installed power generation capacity in Tamil Nadu with a capacity of 18.09 GW, followed by 7.14 GW under state utilities and 6.07 GW under central utilities. Tamil Nadu has the highest installed wind energy capacity in India which accounts for roughly 36% share in the country’s total wind installed capacity.
She noted that the percentage of wind power utilized by the state stood at 22.53%, the highest among all Indian states. The state has 60,000 MW of off-shore wind energy potential off the Tirunelveli coast and Southern Thoothukudi and Rameshwaram coast. Dr.ASivathanuPillai, President & NMC Chairman, PMA & Former CEO &MD ,BrahMos  Aerospace, said that the energy sector of the country is related to peoples wellbeing and renewable energy occupies 35%  of the other energy sources.“India’s total energy stood at 2 lakh 45,000 MW which could be branched out to coal, nuclear, hydro, thermal and renewables,” he said and added that the nano technology could provide efficiency in generating clean energy.
He also said that the country could think of solar power satellites and taping energy from ocean as also creating a factory on the Moon by 2030 for electricity generation. Mr.V.V.Shenoy, Executive Director, Indian Bank , said that the investments in power sector would be in the range of Rs.9 lakh crore in the next five years and the banks could play a major role in funding most of the energy initiatives. “The country’s energy depended mostly on thermal stations accounting for 60% and efforts could be made to avoid power thefts by the government”, he noted. Mr.Nandakumar, Convenor, Energy Panel, FICCI TNSC & MD, EDAC Engineering Ltd, said that Tamil Nadu is a power surplus state with 32,000MW of power plants located in various regions. He also said that the state is a pioneer in renewable energy and made a comment that the future is related towind -solar hybrid power plants and added the prospect of  generating 3500 MW power from waste in India is a reality.
He further said that a whopping dollar 60 billion FDI in India could be a major boost to the energy sector. Mr.PSridharan, Head, FICCI TNSC, who proposed a vote of thanks , said TAN ENERGY SUMMIT 2019 would be a pathbreaking event in that all stakeholders would have the benefit of a fruitful discussion towards enriching their activities in the emerging energy scenario.In the Session on Energy policy and Initiatives of Tamil Nadu, Expectation from ndustries on the policies and initiatives, Environmental solutions, Mr.FengShen, Executive Director, SPIC Yuanda Environmental – Protection Engineering Co.,Ltd, China, shared his views  on coal powered energy plants in his country that made things possible for clean energy and more so his company’s operations in Pakistan and Turkey.
V.Sivakumar, DGM, Engineering Suguna Foods, gave an overall view of the current energy policy and the initiatives of the Tamil Nadu Government in promoting renewable and non- renewable energy and the efforts made for rationalization of electricity tariff with the help of regulatory commissions. He made a pointed reference for the promotion of nuclear energy apart from thermal,wind, solar, hydro, gas power plants.In the session on Opportunities and Challenges in Renewable Energy, Roof top Solar, Hybrid Power,  Ms.PrabhjotKaur,Co – Founder and CEO, Esmito Solutions, said that lots of opportunities are available in renewable energy through start ups.
She also said that electrical mobility could see the use of E-Vehicles in the coming days by a large majority of people in the country.In the session on the Role of Economy and Energy in Industrial Growth, Mr.B C Datta , Vice President- Corporate Affairs, Hyundai Motor India, talked about the emerging trends in the E-Vehicles sector and how the whole country is waiting for the opportunity to the large scale use of electrical vehicles with the availability of charging stations in various locations in the state and the country as a whole.


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