The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday inaugurated its first 100 Kilowatt solar energy rooftop power plant at Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL)’s headquarters.
Inaugurating the solar energy plant, chief minister Harish Rawat asked senior engineers and officers to make maximum use of solar energy to meet the power needs of the hill state. Rawat also instructed them to prepare a detailed roadmap to augment solar energy production to cater to the state’s needs and help the state reduce its dependence on power purchased from other states at high rates. “Once a roadmap for the purpose is completed, we will no longer need to buy power from outside the state,” said Rawat.
Appreciating adequate measures taken by UJVNL officers to make utilization of solar energy for domestic and other purposes to send the message of conserving greenery in the state, Rawat urged them to upgrade their machinery for the purpose. CM Rawat made it clear it was part of a move to step up solar energy production in all 13 districts.
Rawat said although UJVNL has already made much more efforts on the front, keeping in view state’s energy requirements, its officers will have to make more efforts to increase production of solar power.
Referring to certain major drawbacks on the transmission and distribution front, Rawat asked officers to bring down the losses in the transmission division to 2-2.5%. Rawat also appreciated UJVNL for handing over a dividend cheque of Rs 5.30 crore to the state government.