Experts at a conference on Energising North East, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here on Wednesday, stressed the local generation of power and micro-grids for distribution as ideal for the challenging terrain and sparse population in the hilly areas of the region.

The conference was held with the theme Power for All – Availability, Accessibility and Affordability in the Northeast region.

Renewable sources of power, especially solar power, are required to meet the demand for power in places where the electricity grid is not available, said additional director of the Assam Energy Development Agency Mrinal Krishna Chaudhury.

Other speakers at the technical session included Arijeet Boruah of Indian Energy Exchange Ltd, Meghalaya Energy Corporation superintending engineer B.M. War, North Eastern Council executive engineer J.A.W. Pariat, IIT Guwahati Centre for Energy assistant professor Harsh Chaturvedi and other experts from the power sector.

Chaudhury spoke on the latest projects of his company, including a 10KW floating solar plant at Bhurbondha in Morigaon district.

“Solar energy is the best option as solar projects have zero effect on the environment. The Centre has set a target of 100gigawatt of solar power by 2030. To achieve this, we are developing new technologies and trends,” he added.

Chaudhury said up to 80 per cent of connected load in a house is allowed for installation of rooftop solar plants and the central ministry of new and renewable energy offers a subsidy of 70 per cent for such plants.

Boruah said the demand for electricity in the Northeast has increased from 15,876KW during 2016-17 to 16,216KW during 2017-18.

The demand is set to increase to 23,809KW in 2021-22.

Chaturvedi spoke of the projects taken up by IIT Guwahati in the power sector.

The use of alternative sources of power figured prominently in his speech.

A project to use rubber seeds for production of gas for power generation is being established in Rangiya town while a mobile plant to extract fuel oil from un-segregated waste plastic is also being developed.

The fuel oil can be used to run generators, Chaturvedi said. The professor also mooted local small power generation plants and micro-grids to deliver power to hilly and remote areas.

News Source : The Telegraph