Shillong: To improve energy access and reduce carbon footprints, the Meghalaya government has been driving the solar power initiative in the state. Keeping this in mind and the mission of making Meghalaya power surplus, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the Meghalaya Roof Top Solar Portal of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) in Shillong, on Thursday.
Sangma said, “Meghalaya has a long way to go in generating energy from alternative sources. The state has the capacity and opportunity to harness solar energy, and this is where solar projects like these are important for us.”
He added that the state looks forward to making this sector grow as much as possible. “The State will benefit by using renewable energy and it will also help reduce CO2 emissions,” said the CM.
Further, people installing rooftop solar panels will have to do zero investment. “They will get a 40 per cent subsidy from MNRE, 50% from the vendor and 10% from MePDCL. Consumers who install solar panels will pay Rs 2 lesser to MeECL as compared to Rs 6 per unit that they are paying right now. When consumers are not using electricity from solar panels, they will earn Rs 1 per unit from MeECL. Consumers can apply for this Scheme through the unified solar rooftop portal,” informed the chief minister.
He also asserted that hydropower plants are not enough to meet the consumption needs of the State and generating power from other alternative sources is less than one per cent therefore some of the quick ways to reduce power deficiency is to have efficient power system.