B K Upmanyu | 02 Aug 2013

Mandi Member Parliament Mrs Pratibha Singh called on Shri Farooq Abdullah union Minister for New & Renewable Energy in new delhi and requested him to sanction funds for photovoltaic solar power plants for shimla secretariat and famous Ridge Maidan to promote clean energy in state capital Shimla.

Mandi Member Parliament Mrs Pratibha Singh    called on  Shri Farooq Abdullah union  Minister for New & Renewable Energy  in new delhi and requested him to  sanction  funds for photovoltaic  solar power plants   for  shimla secretariat  and famous  Ridge Maidan to  promote clean energy  in  state capital .

 Mrs  Pratibha Singh said that state govt is focusing on  green sources of energy  and  has send proposals for  meeting power requirements from solar energy  which is regarded as the most non-polluting source of energy.

Mrs Pratibha Singh M P told that  state govt agency HIMURJA which   is  popularizing use of non-conventional energy  has sent a proposal for  installing  100 Kwp  photovoltaic power plant in the  himachal Pradesh secretariat and 20 Kwp capacity  photovoltaic solar plant for famous Ridge Maidan .She told him that  DPRs of both of the solar plants have been sent to ministry of new and renewable energy  and requested him to sanction the funds for  commissioning the plants .

Mrs Pratibha Singh MP  said that  100 kilo watt  solar plant will be directly connected to the main secretariat grid to provide   its power needs from solar energy  which would also  help the government save an energy bill . She told that entire lighting system of famous Ridge Maidan will be connected with solar plant .Once installed and proven efficient, the government would explore possibilities of adding more such non-polluting plants at HIPA Mashobra and Panchayat Bhawan Shimla for which DPRs of 100 kwp  and 15 kwp has alredy been prepared under shimla solar city programme.

Mrs Pratibha Singh M P also demanded sanction of funds for 150 kwp solar power plant at pin valley kaza and 500 kwp solar power plant for REE village bilaspur .She  demanded 2000 SPV home lighting system for slum areas in Shimla and 5000 SPV lanterns for beneficiaries in shimla town .

She requested the union minister to sanction 20,000 SPV Lanterns and 20,000 SPV home lights for flood affected areas of kinnaur on the pattern of uttrakhand and told that  electricity has not been restored fully in many villages due to  recent flash floods  and added  that  the areas experiences heavy snow fall in winters which leads to disruption in power supply  time and again in entire area and requested to provide solar power systems to provide regular clean energy in entire tribal areas .She also demanded 5000 SPV home lighting system for remote and backward areas like dodra kwar  where transmission lines are snapped  in winters during heavy snow fall .

She told that state govt agency HIMURJA  has  prepared  a master plan for implementation of the Union government-sponsored solar city project, for which the MNRE had selected the state capital Shimla among 50 cities across the country. Under the project, the union govt will provide 90% subsidy on renewable energy projects while 10% is to be borne by the concerned beneficiaries  to reduce at least 10% of the projected demand of conventional energy through renewable energy. Through an awareness campaign, the project would promote solar devices such as photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, cooking, steam generating and air-conditioning systems she added