Mangaluru: Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB)-Karnataka Pranth held a seminar and interaction on “Renewable Energy – Solar Roof Top Power Plants” at Deepa Comforts, MG Road here, on December 17.
The programme began with an invocation. President of LUB, K S Sharma welcomed the gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Vidya Rani, the Assistant GM of Solar Grid Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) said that the Government of India has proposed to generate a total of 175 GW of power from renewable resources out of which 100 GW were to be generated by tapping solar energy. Karnataka had a target of generating 6000 MW of power using solar energy. Utility, on grid and off grid are the three methods by which solar energy can be tapped. “To set up an off grid connection, an individual need not seek permission from anyone as it is not connected to the power grid,” she said. KREDL has already set up a solar park in an area of 11000 acres at Pavagada in Tumkur district.
Vidya further said that KREDL has plans to give free training to ‘Surya Mitras’, a group of professionals for the maintenance and service of the installed solar units. “Preference for Surya Mitras will be given to rural, unemployed, women and SC/ST youth,” she added.
Superintendent Engineer of MESCOM, Mahadevappa said, “In an on-grid system, one can install a solar unit on his roof top and the surplus energy generated will be sold to MESCOM. If the installation is done by 31 March 2016, we will give Rs 9.56 per unit and if 30% concession is sought from MNRE for installation, then Rs 7.20 per unit will be credited to your account.” 3 KW is enough for an average household. Citizens can find the application online or can get the form from MESCOM sub divisions, he said.
MB Ganesh, DGM of Corporation Bank, gave a presentation on various schemes of the bank for those availing loans on solar installations.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, KS Sharma said, “We at LUG aim at giving quality training to entrepreneurs who want to start micro and small industries. In solar sector, it is absolutely necessary that training is given and skill of the youth working in that sector is developed. We have already conducted a programme in Hubballi and we plan to hold 12 such programmes.”