by NEWSNER , 2021-02-19 11:26:28
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Thursday, introduced a win-win proposition for the general public willing to put in solar panels under the newly launched rooftop solar portal of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).
This stratagem comes shortly after the citizens across the state went through some rigorous sessions of load-shedding.
In keeping with the state government’s mission to enhance energy access and reduce carbon footprints in Meghalaya, the chief minister launched the Meghalaya Rooftop Solar Portal of the MeECL during a bid to form Meghalaya power surplus.
While informing that folks installing rooftop solar panels will need to make zero investment, the chief minister said that they're going to also receive 40 per cent subsidy from MNRE, 50 per cent from the seller and 10 per cent from MePDCL.
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Also, consumers, who install solar panels, can pay Rs 2 lesser to MeECL as compared to Rs 6 per unit payable at the present.
When the consumers aren't using electricity from solar panels, they're going to earn Re 1 per unit from MeECL, he said, adding that buyers can apply for the scheme through the unified solar rooftop portal.
The scheme will allow consumers to be ready to rent their rooftops and sell excess electricity generated from solar panels to local electricity utility, a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
“In this manner, the ‘consumers’ also will become ‘prosumers’. This scheme will benefit 23,000 households with a maximum of three kilowatts per household. It also provides for NET metering, through which power generated is first utilised by the consumers to satisfy their requirement while excess is exposed to the grid,” the CMO said.
It may be mentioned that Meghalaya received the very best sanction of funds from the Ministry of latest & Renewable Energy (MNRE) among all the Northeastern states with a sanctioned capacity of 70 megawatts within the first phase.
However, the chief minister, in his address, asserted that hydropower plants aren't enough to satisfy the consumption needs of the state, and generating power from other alternative sources is a smaller amount than one per cent. Therefore, a number of the fast ways to scale back power deficiency are to possess an efficient power grid, he added.
On the opposite hand, Sangma applauded the efforts of the MeECL in achieving the milestone in addressing the facility crisis in Meghalaya.
The chief minister also expressed his gratitude to the facility Minister, James K Sangma, for bringing a “significant change to the facility scenario within the state, which has been afflicted with power shortage for decades”.
The launch programme was also attended by the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MeECL, Arunkumar Kembhavi, besides other senior officials of the corporation.