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Arunachal gets big solar plant

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday inaugurated the state's biggest solar plant at the Energy Awareness Park here.

By DAMIEN LEPCHA in Itanagar
  • Published 11.05.18
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Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday inaugurated the state's biggest solar plant at the Energy Awareness Park here.

The 1-MWp grid-connected solar photovoltaic power plant has been built at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore by the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (Apeda) with incentive grant under the 13th Finance Commission.

Speaking on the occasion, Khandu appreciated the efforts of Apeda in making use of solar power to generate energy and feed power to the grid which will cut down energy costs. "As the world grapples with global warming, the use of renewable sources of energy is the best way to prevent it," Khandu said.

He added that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is looking towards green energy and slowly phasing out use of non-renewable sources of energy.

The chief minister encouraged the government departments on use of solar power and assured support of the state government in initiatives that are environment friendly.

Power minister Tamiya Taga and Apeda chairman Wanglam Sawin were present on the occasion.

Later, in the presence of Arunachal Assembly Speaker T.N. Thongdok and Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, Khandu inaugurated the office building of the department of karmik and adhyatmik affairs (DoKA) on the Buddhist gompa premises here.