The state government’s goal is to generate 1000 MW electricity from solar projects and the tender process for the same has already started, said M. M. Mani, Minister for Electricity. He was inaugurating the Skill Build Programme held as part of the fourth edition of KREEPA Green Power at Bolgatty Event Centre. At present, the state has been generating 200 MW electricity from solar projects. It is essential to increase electricity generation from solar projects.
“Presently, the state has been producing only 30 per cent of the electricity required for it. New ways have to be found to bring a change to the situation. It is not possible to increase electricity generation without exploiting other sources, including solar, as the potential of hydro-electrical projects are limited,” said M. M. Mani. In such a scenario, the minister said, the initiative of KREEPA is a model one.
He emphasized on the need to spread these ideas to all sections of the society. Presiding over the function, S. Sharma MLA said that the energy sector has a great role in an economy. S. Suhas, District Collector; Viji Shaji, President, Mulavukadu Panchayat; Joseph George, ANERT Programme Officer; Dr. B. Ashok, Secretary, Energy Department; Joseph George, Programme Officer, ANERT; Jose Kallookkaran, President, KREEPA; C. M. Varghese, Secretary; K. N. Iyer, Vice President and Sivaramakrishnan, Joint Secretary, also spoke on the occasion. A workshop for the students on how to assemble solar lantern was also organized. The participating students were presented with certificates.