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Total target capacity of I lakh megawatt to be achieved by 2022 - Dr. Dharma Ranjan Das, Scientist.


3 days solar awareness program from 2nd Feb to 4th Feb, 2017 on Mini & Micro Grid has just been concluded at Techno City Campus. It was organized by RIST in association with National Power Training Institute, NE Region, Guwahati. The objective was to create awareness amongst the ordinary citizen of the North East region about the usage and importance of using renewable energy than the traditional sources. The different sessions of discussions tried to capture topics like Application of RE technologies to meet energy needs of the rural area, availability of new & renewable energy resources, solar photovoltaic power system, grid connected PV systems, inverters, challenges in developing grid systems, energy metering in grid connected system, various government schemes on grid connected power plan, options for bank loan etc. Northeast India has been poor for quite some time now but lately the government’s attention has been fixed on the seven sisters for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons is the potential of NE to act as a role model of renewable and efficient energy processes. Many dynamic solar energy projects have been emerging from NE.
The Green city project of Meghalaya (25crores), solar powered water treatment plants (supplying water to 2700 people) and solar thermal scheme Manipur (providing 10,000 heaters to 9 districts). One of the major reasons behind solar energy generation of NE is the clear weather which generates huge solar potential of these states (about 5 Kwh) per sq. meter every day. Guwahati and five other cities in the northeast will be developed as solar cities to reduce dependency on conventional energy, a top official from NPTI said . The six cities – Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam, Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Agartala in Tripura – will be developed under the Development of Solar Cities Programme of the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), the official of the Tripura’s urban development department said.
At the inaugural session of the workshop, Chief Guest Dr. Dharma Ranjan Das, (Scientist G Grade), Advisor, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, emphasized the need of renewable specially solar energy, narrated about NEHRU’S Solar Mission - The objective of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) under the brand 'Solar India' is to establish India as a global leader in solar energy, by creating the policy conditions for its diffusion across the country as quickly as possible. The Mission has set a target of 20,000 MW and stipulates implementation and achievement of the target in 3 phases (first phase up to 2012-13, second phase from 2013 to 2017 and the third phase from 2017 to 2022) for various components, including grid connected solar power. The successful implementation of the JNNSM requires the identification of resources to overcome the financial, investment, technology, institutional and other related barriers which confront solar power development in India. The penetration of solar power, therefore, requires substantial support. The policy framework of the Mission will facilitate the process of achieving grid parity by 2022. The Guest of Honour Shri. Sanjay V Malpe, Director, NPTI-NER, Shri Manoj Jha, Deputy Director, NPTI-NER, Mahbubul Haque, Chairman, ERDF, Register, USTM, Meghalaya all had stressed on the usage of solar energy at domestic level and industry sector. Sh. Malpe also reminded the audience of the total target capacity of I lakh megawatt to be achieved by 2022. So far till 31 Dec 2016, we have achieved 5/6 thousand megawatt – he added.
Mr. Mahbubul Hoque, Founder, ERDF and Chancellor, USTM had welcomed this initiative and asked the students of RIST to learn and get maximum benefits from such interactive sessions.




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