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Centre evinces interest in solar thermal power project in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, the Union government has evinced interest in setting up a solar thermal power project in the State, according to Sudeep Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA).

After inaugurating technical seminars organised by Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA) as part of ‘Elektrotec’, an exhibition, here on Friday, he said the proposal was at a preliminary stage. The agency was in the process of identifying land for the project and would submit details to the Centre in a couple of weeks. Nearly seven acres were needed to generate one MW of solar thermal energy, he said.

The State had seven MW installed capacity of solar energy and another 10 MW were in various stages of installation. The agency would soon float tenders for the 50 MW solar power park proposed in the State by the State government, he said.

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was evolving guidelines for off-shore wind energy generation. “We are waiting for the Ministry to finalise the guidelines.” The Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET) was also doing a detailed study on the potential for off-shore wind energy generation in the State. The TEDA had received two off-shore wind energy generation proposals of 500 MW to 1,000 MW each.

Mr. Jain said the State government would soon come out with renewable energy policy and solar energy would be a key component in it. With increase in the height of wind turbines and improvement in motor technology, the potential for wind energy generation had improved. Inaugurating the seminar, Mr. Jain said energy would probably be a deciding factor of the country’s economic growth. Tamil Nadu was a leader in renewable energy generation. Nearly 36 per cent of the country’s renewable energy was from Tamil Nadu and the State had 47 per cent of the country’s wind energy installed capacity. C. Muthusami, Chairman of Elektrotec, a four-day exhibition of industrial electrical and electronic products, said technical seminars were organised on Friday and would be held on Saturday too. M. Kandhaswami, president of Coimbatore District Small Industries Association, said focus was needed on renewable energy to overcome the power shortage.

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