Workshop on Promotion of Solar Technologies in Himachal Pradesh under Solar City Programme
The growing need of energy and increasing environmental concern is a challenge to the mankind, hence, other alternatives of conventional resources of energy have to be explored, said Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shri Virbhadra Singh after inaugurating workshop on ‘Promotion of Solar Technologies in Himachal Pradesh under Solar City Programme’ organized by HIMURJA and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India (GoI), at Hotel Holiday Home on March 5, 2016. Final master plans for development of Shimla and Hamirpur as Solar cities were approved by the MNRE.
The Chief Minister said that our country is facing an acute energy scarcity which is hampering its industrial growth and economic progress. Setting up of new power plants is inevitably dependent on import of highly volatile fossil fuels. He said that amid the growing demand for sustainable energy, the solar power technologies are on the verge of large scale global deployment for being clean renewable resource with zero emission and having tremendous potential of energy. He said that with recent developments in the field, solar energy systems are easily available for industrial and domestic use with the added advantage of minimum maintenance. He also said that final master plans for development of Shimla and Hamirpur cities, as solar cities, have been approved by MNRE, GoI. The Ministry has conveyed the sanction of 15 kWp Solar Power Plant at Panchayat Bhawan, Shimla, 20 kWp Solar Plants each at Ridge Shimla and at Old Bus Stand.
Source- Akshay Urja Magazine