Bhopal:Wednesday, September 3 :Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the first Energy Park of the state will be set up in Bhopal. Land for the park will be selected soon. He said that a Demand Site Management (D.S.M.) Cell will also be established shortly with a view to conserving energy.
Units working for energy conservation will be given away special prize. Shri Chouhan was addressing a one-day seminar today at Hotel Palash Residency on the subject of ‘renewable energy power project’. Energy Minister Dr. Gauri Shankar Shejwar presided over the seminar organised by Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the state government was committed to tapping of sources of alternative energy besides energy conservation. He welcomed those investors who are interested in developing non-conventional energy sources in the state along with conventional sources. The Chief Minister assured the investors attending the seminar that the state government will provide all the expected facilities to them for establishing renewable energy projects.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that 15 percent of a beneficiary’s share in solar energy schemes for illuminating tribals’ houses would be borne by the state government. He also announced Rs 1000 subsidy on the purchase of solar lantern and solar cooker. He also announced Rs 2500 per cubic metre subsidy on biogas plants of 15 to 25 cubic metres and Rs 4500 incentive money on establishment of 1000-litre capacity solar energy-based hot water equipments.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also offered cooperation by the state government in providing water for promoting biogas-based schemes. He also advised for simplification of the rule for permitting power drawl as per technical capacity from 33 K.V. sub-stations.
The Chief Minister also assured that the state government will send a proposal to Electricity Regulatory Commission for fixing the power rates with a view to promoting projects based on solar energy in the state.
Shri Chouhan announced that soon establishment of hot water solar equipments in government institutions will be made compulsory.
Dr Gauri Shankar Shejwar said that work is being undertaken at a rapid pace in the field of sustainable energy in the state. He said that it was need of the hour to promote non-conventional energy sources.
Chairman of Energy Development Corporation Shri Dilip Singh Shekhawat said that the corporation has achieved remarkable successes in entire country in the field of alternative energy sector. Making a mention of 335 megawatt capacity biomass-based energy generation, he said that for the first time in the country, solar power generation projects are going to be set up in Madhya Pradesh. He informed that over 30 thousand houses of tribal and backward classes families have been illuminated with solar energy.
At the outset, corporation’s chief engineer Shri Bhuvnesh Patel welcomed the guests by presenting them with mementoes. Corporation’s managing director and state’s Energy Secretary Shri Sanjay Bandopadhyaya proposed a vote of thanks.
550 megawatt wind energy plants to be set up
Three MoUs worth Rs 3300 crore for setting up wind energy plants were also signed at the seminar. These agreements have been signed by Messrs Sujlan for establishing 300 M.W. plant, Messrs Abeer Infrastructure, New Delhi for setting up 150 M.W. plant and D.J. Energy, New Delhi for establishing a 100 megawatt plant. These three plants will be completed by December 2009.