According to reports, the state government’s green energy wing, the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has announced this year’s energy conservation award scheme – under which commercial and industrial institutes that have successfully managed to make efficient use of alternative energy sources, will be granted a monetary prize.
“We will be awarding those industrial, commercial and educational institutes who have excelled in adopting the various energy conservation measures in their units to help save energy,” said an official from the HAREDA. Monetary sums, ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh, can be won by institutions including government buildings which have successfully shifted to solar energy in the last year. “These awards are aimed at encouraging more people to adopt to alternative energy sources like solar. And also this is good motivation for the people who are considering this shift to green energy,” the official added. Large-scale industrial units, which have connected load of up to 1MW, and are utilizing solar power, will be given up to Rs 2 lakh. Whereas, small scale units and commercial buildings like malls and hotels and shopping plazas can win Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The nominations are being filed at the administration’s office, the last date for which is October 7.
“Applicants are required to provide their energy consumption data, along with attaching their electricity and fuel consumption bills for the last three years,” the official said. The applicant will also be required to file their respective annual energy audit reports along with the nominations. “Energy conservation is one of the crucial subjects today, and a lot of work needs to be done in this department if we are break loose of our reliance on conventional fuel, and stop damaging the environment,” said another HAREDA official. After the nomination procedure concludes in October, the HAREDA will be announcing the names of the winners and runners-up for the energy conservation awards, later that month. This year’s policy also has sought to popularize green energy sources for the industry, and has set up new incentives and subsidy schemes for institutions and individuals opting for solar heaters and solar cells. “We have also introduced a comprehensive notification, which refers to various energy conservation measures to be adopted by all industry and commercial outfits in Haryana.”