India takes a leaf out of Europe in a new solar power generation plan that could revolutionalize power generation and transmission besides playing a pivotal role in cutting harmful emissions. Himachal Pradesh’s new HP Solar Power Policy 2016 could be a path breaker in solar power generation. Based on the new policy you could generate power and sell it to the government if you have a surplus of power at a pre-defined rate.
The Scheme itself
The electricity consumers of HPSEBL shall be eligible to install minimum 1 KW to maximum 5 MW capacity solar PV plants on their building roof top or its premises, which will be connected to the grid. The presence swathes of wasteland have buoyed the estimates of solar power generation from various bodies. For instance, National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has estimated a potential of 34 GW taking into account 3% of total wasteland and roof top surface areas of the consumers for this purpose. IREDA has estimated a potential of about 53 GW taking into account 5% of the wasteland.
Centre – State scheme that compliments well
The state will exploit a government of India (GoI) scheme provides equity contribution of Rs 50 lakh per MW, the state will also encourage farmers and unemployed youth to set up projects in a distributed and dispersed manner from 500 KW to 5 MW. All this is expected to create 84 MW, as per GoI.
Example from the west
Individual markets, like Denmark, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland, for example, they are comprised almost entirely of residential and commercial installations. In the United State’s in the sate of Maine, there is a practice where customers with solar panels pay only for the “net” amount of electricity they buy each month, that is, what they consume minus what they generate. Homeowners who generate more electricity than they consume receive a credit toward future bills.
The Logical Indian applauds the government, both the state and center to be working towards enhancing solar power and emulating some of the best examples from the west. Like the examples from the west, we request the government to keep in mind the challenges which come along wrt establishing a sustainable solar market. We hope this initiative is widely encouraged in India and collectively we could fight global warming by doing our small bit in changing the means by which we generate power.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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