According to reports, awareness should be created among villagers about generation of solar power, said M. Jayachandran, Deputy Director, CECRI, Karaikudi.
Inaugurating the solar power generation unit at Shanmuganathan Engineering College, Arasampatti near Thirumayam on Wednesday, Dr. Jayachandran said that field of solar field offered ample opportunities for research and employment in India and abroad. It is ideal for engineering colleges to produce and use solar power.
He commended the Shanmuganathan Engineering College for being a forerunner in solar power production in this region, at a time when the State government has just announced its solar policy.
There is scarcity of power not only in Tamil Nadu but also in other States. All States are taking necessary steps to overcome power scarcity but it is necessary to produce power without affecting environment. Solar power is eco-friendly and it can be produced in large quantities. In Tamil Nadu, we get sunlight for 300 days in a year, he said, and added that southern parts of Tamil Nadu are suitable for producing solar power and based on this fact the State government has formulated its solar policy.
In daylight large amount of solar power can be produced and saved as there is no necessity for spill over and transmission. If we pay attention to this renewable energy source, Tamil Nadu could be a State with surplus power. The educated should create public awareness of importance of solar power, he said.
Dr. Jayachandran said in 1990s the CECRI erected street lamps in 200 villages in Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai districts from the fund of Rs. 25 lakh sanctioned by the State government. When a review was made after three years it was observed that villagers maintained the street lamps very well. He advised the students to take up projects and research on solar power.
The Shanmuganathan College has established a solar power unit with 10kw capacity.
P. Manikandan, correspondent of the college, presided. M. Viswanathan, secretary, and RM. Muthiah, principal, offered felicitations.