J&K reaches 500 KW capacity in Solar power

SRINAGAR: After commissioning solar power plants of 7500 megawatt strength closer to China border in Ladakh, the state government has geared up to augment the energy resource by setting up at least 500 Kilowatts of solar power at various institutions of health and education institutions.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Feroz Ahmed Khan Thursday issue special instructions for identification of potential beneficiaries of solar energy and the prospects of more such projects across Kashmir Valley, an official spokesperson told Kashmir Observer.

“The instructions were given by the Minister while chairing a meeting of JAKEDA convened to review the functioning of the Agency and the status of Mini and Micro Hydel Power Projects being developed in the collaborative mode in the State,” the spokesman added.

Authorities said  the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has sanctioned 34,483 Solar Home Lighting Systems & 2408 Solar Street Lights for 36 un-electrified villages and   263 hamlets of the State, Also, an additional quantity of 10000 Solar Hole Lighting System for Kishtwar area.  Meanwhile the ministry of the alternative energies, currently headed by former chief minister of J&K Farooq Abdullah, has pledged to sanction 20000 units of Solar Panel Home Lighting Systems (HLSs) under General Category for Jammu and Kashmir.

The officials said out of 69 sixty nine Solar Power Plants 49 have started functioning at District and Sub District Hospitals  of the State. “Rest of the sites are almost ready. They will start working soon,” an officials said adding 122 solar plants have already been sanctioned for 122 Community Information Centres of the State out of which more than 90 systems have been installed at various locations.

According to an official release 150 KW SPP has been installed at Sainik School Manasbal, 100 KW at Baba  Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, 50 KW Capacity each at District Hospital Kulgam and Sheep Breeding Farm Daksum. The official statement further said 100 KW plant was being installed in the University of Kashmir at Srinagar and  90 KW capacity plant will come up at IMPA Jammu shortly.

Pertinently two Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects of 2500 MW in district Kargil and 5000 MW in district Leh have already been sanctioned. “The work on these project will start soon,” a JKDEA official said.

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