Union minister for new and renewable energy Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘wonderful efforts’ on the renewable energy front.
Abdullah, who was in the state capital to attend a conference on ‘Interdependence, Integration, and Co-creation’ at Jaipuria Institute of Management, said that Modi has made use of solar energy in one of the most efficient way. Citing an example, he said, “Gujarat government has laid solar panels over canals. While, on one hand, the panels curtail evaporation of water from canals, the solar energy is generated on the other.”
In fact Gujarat and Rajasthan were the two states where use of solar energy has been enormous, Abdullah said and claimed that the ministry had plans to install solar power projects with a total installed capacity of 20,000 Mw by 2022 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. He said that the first phase of the mission, which completes in 2013, would see solar power project with a total installed capacity of 1300 Mw. In the second phase, the total installed capacity of 4000 Mw will be added and subsequently the rest of it.
Likewise, he said, the wind energy too has immense potential to lessen the load on conventional sources of energy. Wind mills in the country together generate 17,000 Mw of power in the country. “Another 3,500 Mw will be added every year,” the minister said. He said that trials are on to generate energy from the sea also.
Abdullah said that bio-mass was the next source of energy that needs to be looked upon. The left over after harvest is otherwise burned by the farmers. “But even that can be used to generate energy,” the minister said. Many such power plants have come up in Punjab. He also cited the example of Kanpur where garbage is being collected and segregated to produce fertiliser. At the same time, the leftover is used as a pellet to be burned and generate electricity. He claimed that five such plants exist in Delhi.
“I can vouch that 40% of the people in this country do not know as to how a bulb looks like,” Abdullah said, and added, “Obviously this was because of the existing energy crisis and the supply not meeting the ever rising demand.”