Seminar on Rooftop Solar held at Kohima

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Dimapur, October 12: A workshop/seminar on rooftop solar (RTS) was held at Hotel Japfu, Kohima Thursday organized by World Bank in coordination with the Directorate of New and Renewable Energy with the aim to give a better understanding on Rooftop Solar Technology (RTS) and further implement the RTS in Nagaland.
Addressing the seminar, the 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 said that Rooftop Solar PV is rapidly emerging as a solution for de-centralized renewable energy generation globally due to the plummeting cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) 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 (GHG) emissions and climatic change mitigation.
While introducing Sustainable Partnership for Rooftop Solar Acceleration in Bharat (SUPRABHA), the team leader, SUPRABHA, MNRE-WN-SBI, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu Nithyanandam said to help each and every state, the MNRE has allocated around 17 States to technical assistant programme and the entire North East (NE) region has been given to the World Bank to look after the capacity building. He 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.
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Information Technology, Science Technology, Science & Technology & NRE Department, Mmhonlumo Kikon thanked the World Bank in partnering with the Department of New & Renewable Energy in organising the workshop to take an initiative called sustainable partnership with SPRABHA which provides “Roof Solar Technical Assistance’.’ He hoped that all the stakeholders- Engineers from Power Department, NERC, Electrical Inspectorate, PWD, Urban Development and NRE will benefit from this workshop.
In regard to solar, he said that the Government of Nagaland has proposed to set up smaller size solar parks with capacity 23 MW but faces problems especially in terms of funding the project for infrastructural development and added that once the funding for infrastructural development is in place, the government would invite the independent Power Developers & Investors to develop the project or go for a joint venture. (Page News Service)