NEW DELHI, July 2 � The Power Ministers of the NE States have called for 90 per cent funding from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for the renewable energy projects in the region.
The Power Ministers also sought help for preparing the State-specific action plans for renewable energy. They were participating in a meeting convened by New and Renewable Energy Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah to review the implementation of renewable energy policies and programmes in the NE States, here in Delhi today. The meeting was attended by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya and the Power Ministers of other NE States, senior officials from the ministry and the State governments.
Official sources said that Dr Abdullah agreed for getting the resource mapping of solar, wind and micro and small hydro projects prepared for these States. The States in the region have also been advised to put in more efforts for popularization of renewable energy for maximizing use of these technologies. The ministers of NE States would be given opportunities to visit showcase projects within and outside the country.
The Ministry is now making detailed assessment of wind resources in the North East. Arunachal Pradesh is implementing a special project to electrify and illuminate all its villages along the international border through solar and micro hydel projects.
Dr Abdullah acknowledged the difficulties faced by the NE States and assured them all possible help from the Ministry. The States agreed to take action to strengthen the renewable energy programme.
It was informed during the meeting that out of 4,965 remote villages to be electrified and illuminated through renewable energy systems in the region, 3,841 villages have been provided solar lights. There are over 160 small and micro hydel projects installed in the NE States with 275 MW aggregate capacities.