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Neepco plan to tap solar, wind power

According to reports, the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (Neepco) is embarking on a plan to generate at least 1500MW power from non-conventional sources of energy, especially by tapping solar power and wind, in the next five years.

Talking to TOI, Neepco CMD P C Pankaj on Wednesday said the upcoming 101MW gas-based combine cycle Monarchak power project will add 5 MW power to the grid from next January.

“As part of clean development mechanism at Monarchak, we have installed the first such initiative in the region to tap solar power. Similar projects are also coming up in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya,” said Pankaj.

Apart from this, Neepco has already signed an MoU last month with Arunachal Pradesh government to install a 3750-MW capacity hydropower project, biggest ever in the county, along with a 240-MW capacity plant in Assam, 176MW in Mizoram and 85MW in Meghalaya, he said.

With the increasing power demand across the region, Neepco is enhancing generation capacity in all its existing thermal power plants by switching over to combine cycle from open cycle, which will also reduce pollution as well as wastage of energy.

Pankaj stressed on starting power generation in gas turbines from September at the Monarchak gas-based power project provided the ONGC supplies the necessary gas.

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