According to reports, the region’s prime R&D hub for solar technology will soon be made accessible to the general public. The Ministry for Renewable Energy is planning to set up a public awareness wing or an ‘information centre’ at the National Institute of Solar Energy’s research facility, which was previously known as the Solar Energy Centre located near Gwal Pahadi.
The new information centre will be given the task of popularizing some of the recent advances made in the field of solar power, and, according to sources, will be inaugurated in just over a month. This move mainly aims to make topics pertaining to alternative energy a part of the general discourse.
“The ministry wants us to get more people to that facility, so that the visitors can see for themselves how solar power is being made use of and how it works,” said Charu Jain, the director of Advit Foundation, which will be running the information centre here.
The information centre’s job would be to organize visits and exhibition tours to the solar facility, which also accommodates an operational solar power plant of 1 MW capacity. “The idea is to give people an opportunity to see how a 1 MW solar plant looks like and how it functions. Besides this, we will also be hosting practical sessions and training programmes for students,” Jain said. Special workshops will also be organized for industry representatives on solar technology and its benefits for the commercial sector.
The Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, also run by Jain’s non-profit organization, is another such facility built on the same public-awareness model.