People urged to increase use of non-conventional energy

Call to harness the potential of renewable energy sources

SALEM: Government, educational institutions and private organisations should join hands and work together to promote the use of non-conventional energy sources among people, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Deepak Gupta has said.

He was delivering the keynote address at a conference on Bio-Methanation Plants and Biomass Gasifier Systems for Sago, Poultry, Paper, Jaggery, Distillery and Textile industries held here on Saturday.

The conference was organised by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA).

“We cannot rely on fossil fuels for long as they are depleting very fast. We should realise the importance of new and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind,” Mr. Deepak Gupta said.

The government had come up with the solar energy mission and was actively implementing a number of programmes and research projects to take advantage of the renewable energy sources.


The extensive use of conventional energy sources had already resulted in huge irreversible damage to the environment.

“The mindset of the people needs a change and they should understand the growing concerns about the environment,” he stressed.

The country has a huge potential for generating power from solar, wind and small hydro projects, he said and appealed to all the people in the society to come forward to work together to increase the use of renewable energy sources.

Tamil Nadu Electricity Board Chairman C.P. Singh said that the State had taken lead in promoting the use of non-conventional energy sources in the country.

Though problems exist in the generation, transmission and distribution of power generated through renewable energy sources, the State government has brought in a number of measures to encourage people to use green energy, he said.

TEDA Chairman and Managing Director R. Christodas Gandhi also spoke. Officials from various government departments, representatives from educational institutions and private organisations attended the conference.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has an ambitious plan of doubling the total power generation using non-conventional energy sources within the next ten years, Secretary to the Ministry, Deepak Gupta has said.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a national conference held here on Saturday, he said that about nine percent of the total power generation in the country came from non-conventional energy sources.

“We are aiming to double this capacity within the next decade,” he said. The Ministry was carrying out studies to promote power generation using biomass. “There is a huge potential for generating power from biomass,” he said.

Apart from promoting the solar and wind energy projects, the Ministry gives more importance to small hydro projects, he added.

The Ministry had also taken steps in order to bring down the cost of solar energy systems, which would encourage more people to utilise solar power technologies for their energy requirements, he said.


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