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Assam Govt directive to use solar energy in colleges

According to reports, the state education department has asked all government and provincialized colleges (government supported) in the state to tap solar energy to bring down their dependence on conventional energy.

The director of higher education, Assam, Phanindra Jidung, told TOI that the authorities have recently written to principals of all government and provincialized colleges of the state to go for solar energy to fulfill their power requirements. However, the directorate is yet to get a clear picture about the use of solar energy in the colleges. A source said many colleges are yet to send a feedback to the directive which was issued by the directorate on August 7.

“The Centre has directed us to encourage the use of solar energy to fulfill energy requirements. The use of solar energy will reduce expenses of the colleges. It will also light up the premises of many colleges where there is no electricity,” Jidung said.

He added that some of the colleges have already started generating solar energy, but it is not being used on a grand scale. There are seven government and 189 provincialized colleges in the state.”There are still many in the state, especially in the hill districts, which are functioning without electricity. The problem can be solved easily with the help of solar energy,” Jidung added.

The directive from the education department has been issued after the state government received a letter from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy to encourage the use of solar energy and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

The chief secretary of the state said as the cost of solar equipment is coming down drastically, it is possible to generate solar power at very competitive rates.

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