Monday, October 3, 2022

Foundation stone laid for 5 MW Mega Solar Power Plant

Staff Reporter

New & Renewable Energy (NRE), Information Technology & Communications (IT&C) and Science & Technology adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon laid the foundation for 5 MW Mega Solar Power Plant at Hovukhu village on Wednesday. The solar plant is the first and biggest clean and renewable energy producing initiative in the State.
Public Health Engineering minister Jacob Zhimomi, Tourism, Art & Culture adviser H Khehovi Yepthomi and Rajya Sabha member S Phangnon Konyak were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Kikon claimed that laying of foundation stone for the solar power plant was a testimony to the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards development of Nagaland and the Northeast.
He said development would automatically follow when such mega projects were launched.
He appealed for cooperation from the villagers, village councils and administration for smooth execution of work for the solar plant. He encouraged the people in the area to continue leading a peaceful co-existence and value and uphold the friendly neighbourhood relationship between Hovukhu and Ralan areas.
In her brief message, newly-elected Rajya Sabha member S Phangnon Konyak said the construction of solar plant was an initiative as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence.
She hoped that the solar plant would be of huge benefit for the village and its surrounding areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Jacob Zhimomi acknowledged entire staff of NRE Department for their hard work and dedication.
Delivering the technical report, NRE director Kimaba revealed that the department had been trying to set up a solar power plant for the past six to seven years in the State.
He said the solar power plant was the first and biggest clean and renewable energy producing initiative in the State with a production capacity of 7-8 million units per annum, which could be further augmented to produce 10-15 MW, if successfully implemented.
He informed the gathering that the solar plant would be able to generate electricity only during the day time as it would not have a storage capacity.
He said the mega solar power plant would cover an area of 15 to 17 acres of land.
Short speech was also delivered by Hovukhu village head GB Viniho Achumi, who appealed to the ministers and advisers to look into poor road condition in the area.
The programme was chaired by NRE additional secretary Angelina Tajen and invocation offered by Hovukhu Baptist Church pastor Rev Kiyeka Chophy, while vote of thanks was offered by NRE joint director Inaho P Awomi.