The Meghalaya government has been driving the solar power initiative in the state with a great thrust in order to improve energy access and reduce the carbon footprints.
The launch programme was attended by MeECL chairman-cum-managing director Arunkumar Kembhavi and other senior officials of the corporation.
Addressing the occasion, Conrad Sangma said that the state has a long way to go in generating energy from alternative sources.
"Meghalaya has the capacity and opportunity to harness solar energy and this is where solar projects like these are important for us," he said.
"The state government looks forward to making this sector grow as much as possible. The State will benefit by using renewable energy and it will also help reduce CO2 emissions," he further added.
Conrad Sangma further added that people installing rooftop solar panels will have to do zero investment.
"They will get 40 per cent subsidy from MNRE, 50 per cent from the vendor and 10 per cent from MePDCL," he added.
"Consumers who install solar panels will pay Rs 2 lesser to MeECL as compared to Rs 6 per unit that they are paying right now," he informed.
"When consumers are not using electricity from solar panels, they will earn Rs 1 per unit from MeECL. Consumers can apply for this scheme through the unified solar rooftop portal," he added.
Sangma also asserted that hydropower plants are not enough to meet the consumption needs of the state and generating power from other alternative sources is less than one per cent therefore some of the quick ways to reduce power deficiency is to have efficient power system.
It may be mentioned here that Meghalaya received the highest sanction of funds from the Ministry of New Renewable Energy (MNRE) among all the Northeastern states with a sanctioned capacity of 70 MW (Megawatt) in the First Phase.
Under this scheme, consumers will be able to rent their rooftops and sell excess electricity generated from the solar system to local electricity utility.
In this way, the ‘consumers’ will also become ‘prosumers’. This Scheme will benefit 23, 000 households with a maximum of 3 kilowatts per household.
This programme also provides for NET Metering where the power generated is first utilized by the consumers to meet their requirement and excess electricity is exposed to the grid.
Conrad Sangma applauded the efforts of the Corporation in achieving this milestone in addressing the power crisis in the state which will ensure improved, reliable and affordable power supply to all electricity consumers of the State.
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