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Nukhu for use of solar energy
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Jun. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Advisor for new & renewable energy, science & technology and art & culture Deo Nukhu strongly urged the people to use solar energy which he said was God’s given gift and could be tapped without any charges.
“Solar energy is a God’s given gift, without any charge we are going to tap it and even if we don’t, it’s going to be a waste,” he said. Nukhu was addressing the Renewable Energy Meet 2010 organized by the new & renewable energy, government of Nagaland M/s Toiwa Renewable Energy Inc. Nagaland held at the Zonal Council Hall, Kohima Tuesday.
Stating that it was much safer to use solar heating system, he urged for the use of solar energy in educational institutions and other public utilities such as hospitals, hotels and other institutions.
He cited the example of Bangalore where people were extensively using rooftop installations of solar panels. “In a state like ours, we can save lots of energy and time,” Nukhu said. He said Kohima has been selected as solar city by the union ministry for which data collection has been completed and preparation of Master Plan underway.
Nokhu also highlighted the various programmes and schemes under the department such as the National Manure Management and Biogas Development (NMMBP), Special Area Demonstration Programme, Solar Photovoltaic programme (SPV)Biomas Gasifier project, Remote Village Electrification (RVE) programme, Wind Energy, Solar City Programme, Small Hydro Projects, Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas-Renewable Energy Day and the newly launched Jawarharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Under Special Area Demonstration Programme, he revealed that a state level Energy Park is being constructed at the Agri-Expo site, Dimapur which is in good progress.
Moreover, under the same programmes, Solar power back up would be provided at the Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat, Assembly Complex and DC’s offices across the state.
Under the Biomas Gasifier project, he said that seven projects with a total capacity of 740 KW was being implemented with a total cost of Rs. 2.64 crores which included 2x100 KW at Asukhomi village under Zunheboto district, 2x100 KW at Medziphema under Dimapur district, 2x100KW at Longwa village under Mon district, 2x50 KW at Pfutseromi village under Phek district, 2x50 KW at Tizit Village under Mon district, 2x50 KW at Sutemi village under Zunheboto district and 2x 20 KW at Panso-B village under Tuensang district.
Out of the total seven project, five have been commissioned while the other two are under construction, he added. Nagaland is among the first state in the country to have initiated for a separate department with a vision to make an impact in the field of Renewable Energy within the state through projects that were sustainable, eco-friendly and to bring about socio-economic changes within the rural and urban masses.
Earlier, Er. T. A Georgekutty, General Manager, Anu Solar, Bangalore in his keynote address said more awareness needed to be created about renewable energy sources as that human beings were dependent on various forms of energy for their livelihood. He urged the media in Nagaland to create awareness about renewable energy sources.
In the second session, Prof Glen Thomas, Nagaland University gave presentation on the topic “Climatic Change & Global Warming and its impact on Humanity.”
(With DIPR inputs)

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