Nagpur First holds panel discussion on solar energy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Nov 2017 10:41:16


Business Bureau,

In an attempt to promote renewable energy in and around the city, a charitable trust - Nagpur First - on Saturday conducted a panel discussion on ‘Solar Energy’ at Chitnavis Centre in the city. The event was part of the ‘Global Nagpur Summit’ that has also witnessed technical sessions on four different topics including Logistics and Warehousing, Information Technology and Social Ventures.
The session on 'Solar Energy' saw participation of State Government officials, representatives of financial institutions and other stake holders.

Elaborating on its ambitious plan of popularizing solar energy among residential and commercial category power consumers, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) said it has recently launched online registration process for allotting subsidy to consumers installed solar panels. “With the new system in place, the consumers can avail the subsidy in a hassle free manner,” said Kishor Shinde, General Manager of MEDA. MEDA has recently introduced on-line facility for availing 30 per cent subsidy being offered by the Central Government to those using solar energy. Shinde also said that the Government has launched a pilot project on solar energy in two districts in the State - one at Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district and another at Kolbi in Yavatmal district.

“It will focus on creating a solar feeder for the agriculture sector. The objective is to provide free of cost power to the farmers reeling under pressure due to financial constraints,” he said adding that such initiative would also help the Government bring down cross subsidy.

Smita Kudarikar, Manager MEDA, said besides encouraging residential and commercial category consumers to use solar energy, the Government is also putting efforts to conserve energy. “Energy conservation and use of renewable energy would together reduce environmental pollution. Keeping this in mind, we are asking the consumers to give equal importance to conservation,” she said.

She further highlighted that local civic bodies in the State have been allotted funds under special heads to install LED streetlights which consume less energy. Kudarikar said, special courses on renewable energy have been introduced in various universities in the State. In the following discussions, Ganeshkumar Zende, Senior Manager, EHS, Panama Renewable, H M Kulkarni, GM- MEDA and others also disclosed their plans to promote solar energy . Vikram Naidu, Track Head - Solar and Core Team Nagpur First - moderated the panel discussions.