Nagaland to start grid connected solar power

Nagaland to start grid  connected solar power
Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon with officials from Ministry of NRE, World Bank and NRE Department during the workshop at Hotel Japfu Kohima on October 11, 2018.
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Kohima, October 11: With the peak power demand for Nagaland tipped at 165 MW and off-peak at 100MW amid the dismal generation of barely 84.93 MU, the state is making efforts to develop Grid Connected Rooftop Photo Voltaic (GRPV).
In this regard a workshop on Senior Management Consultation on Development of GRPV Program in Nagaland was conducted by the Department of New and Renewable Energy, Government of Nagaland at Hotel Japfu here.
Conveying the political will, Advisor for Information Technology, Science and Technology and NRE Department, MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon the State Government has proposed to set up smaller size Solar Parks with a capacity of about 23 MW.
He, however, said that there are teething problems especially in terms of funding the project for infrastructural development. “Once the funding for infrastructural development is in place, the Government of Nagaland would invite the Independent Power Developers and Investors to develop the project or go for a Joint Venture.
In this, he sought the World Bank to show a way forward to the Government to develop such projects as the State needs investment in this sector for energy security and job opportunities as there is a large number of unemployed engineers in the State.
On the Hydro front, he said a good number of projects have been identified in the State but there are serious issues of funding the project.
“In Nagaland our internal resources are very meagre and the Government finds it hard to fund these projects,” he said.
He also mentioned that the Ministry of NRE funding for Renewable Energy projects is based on benchmark cost of all India, where 90% of Benchmark cost is allocated as Central Financial Assistance to NE Region.
Unfortunately, he said it is not sufficient to implement the Renewable Energy Projects.
He said that the North East Region requires a different approach as the overall infrastructure is still in place especially in roads and power sector therefore the funding pattern for this region needs to be looked at seriously by an independent body.
“Apart from the Renewable Energy sector, we should also focus on Development of Green building, promote Energy Efficient appliances and Energy conservation in the State,” he said.
He also acknowledged World Bank, State Bank of India and Union Ministry of NRE for taking the initiative called the Sustainable Partnership for Rooftop Solar Acceleration in Bharat (SUPRABHA) which provides “Rooftop Solar Technical Assistance”.
The MLA hoped that the programme would immensely benefit not only the engineers but the public at large in providing energy solutions to individual homes, educational institutes, hospitals etc and also reduce the carbon footprint in the State thereby tackling Climate change and Global warming issues which is today’s Buzz Word across the World.
As the State is gearing up to implement the Rooftop Solar, Kikon emphasized that, as public at large will be the end users, a lot of publicity and awareness campaign will be required to properly educate the usefulness of this technology.
He aspired that World Bank in coordination with NRE Department would bring about this change in the State.
Also addressing the seminar, Deputy Team Leader, SUPRABHA, MNRE-WB-SBI Solar Rooftop TA Program, Dr. Bivek Bandyopadhyay said India has a target of 100GW installed capacity of solar by 2022, of which 40 GW is projected to come from Rooftop Solar systems and in order to support this ambition, the World Bank and Global Environment Fund (GEF) launched a large financing program in 2016.
He also said that Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV is rapidly emerging as a solution for de-centralized renewable energy generation globally due to the plummeting cost of solar photovoltaic technology, and it generates electricity from solar power beyond the limit of land availability which enables a higher penetration of renewable energy in the power system, leading to more reduction in Green House Gas emissions and climatic change mitigation.
He further added that along with hydroelectric projects in the State, the Rooftop Solar PV will enable to create “Green Nagaland”.
Highlighting the policy initiatives of Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on promotion on GRPV in Nagaland, NERC chairman Imlikumzuk Ao said the necessary initiatives required for promotion of GRPV have already been taken by NERC, adding that only the implementation is yet to be started.
Process is going on for framing state policy on promotion of solar energy.
He suggested installation of GRPV in places like Dimapur where there is frequent power interruption due to weak distribution network.
Introducing SUPRABHA, team leader, MNRE-WB-SBI, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu Nithyanandam said to help each and every state, the Ministry has allocated around 17 States to technical assistant program and the entire North East (NE) region has been given to the World Bank to look after the capacity building.
He also said that the target given to Nagaland is about 50MW for RTS and SUPRABHA’s proposed engagement with Nagaland are development of an exclusive Solar Rooftop policy, capacity building- training of utility engineers, entrepreneurs, bankers etc, unified web portal for online subsidy and interconnection modules etc.
The inaugural session was chaired by NRE Director, Kavito Chishi. (Page News Service)