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CEED Organised Conference on ‘Rooftop Solar Power Generation’ in Collaboration with Department of Energy Engineering, CUJ

Ranchi, August 10, 2018: Center for Environment and Energy Development organised a conference on “Assessment of Solar power potential of Ranchi and Jamshedpur” in collaboration with Department of Energy Engg., Central University of Jharkhand on 10th August 2018 at Hotel BNR Chanakya, Ranchi. The conference focussed on the potential of solar roof top power and the problems in the way along with the measures to eliminate the shortcomings.

JREDA Director Niranjan Kumar conveyed that the agency (JREDA) is working to switch to RESCO model, approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy” as contribution and acceptance of solar power generation is low than as expected. He further added that the RESCO model is basically to free the customers or households willing to install rooftop solar power plants from arranging the required investment and also from taking care of the unit installed at their places. Instead what the consumer need to just provide the space for installing rooftop solar plates to a company and get power supply in return at the rate agreed. “JREDA has achieved success in installing rooftop solar plants at Government premises in the state. Over 500 Government building and eight civil courts besides hospitals, kasturba schools etc. are running through solar power. But the success has not been replicated into private houses since issues like hefty investment, delayed subsidy and lower rate of excess power which has to go back to greed are involved. JREDA is working on a RESCO model where the agency identified would take care of investment coming and maintenance of the plant. There would be an agreement between the owner and the agency on tariff based power purchase which would surely be lesser than what the consumers pay for drid based electricity”, he concluded.

Professor S.K. Samdarshi, Head, Department of Energy Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Central University of Jharkhand told that University is continuously carrying on research to resolve the problems and hesitations of the consumers in installing the solar roof top model. He also pointed towards the tariff concerns and hoped to work for greater solar acceptability in the state.

Contribution of solar power in Jharkhand’s total current energy requirement (2100MW) is merely 28MW and also just 1.5 percent of the 10 percent mandated share should ideally be coming from renewable energy sources. The Energy Department of state is is looking to tap 500MW from the national grid and 700 MW from renewable energy based plants located into any other state. The Department is also working on a dedicated rooftop solar policy which would place Jharkhand into an exclusive league of states. “We have already come up with solar policy and now going to have a separate policy for it by next month. If the national level target to harness 100GW of solar energy by 2022 is to be realised, considerable contribution from rooftop plants have to be there”, said Energy Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni in the conference.
CEED also presented a study with CUJ about Ranchi and Jamshedpur calculating solar energy potential of about 1000MW. CEED is working on three fronts, establishments, policy development and execution. There are issues on policy fronts, investment and also on execution on which the centre is helping the government, CEED CEO Ramapati Kumar told talking about the subject in the conference.