Will avoid unscheduled power cuts: Cesc MD

Says will ensure sufficient electricity supply in two months

Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc) Managing Director D Kiran on Monday said that Cesc would avoid unscheduled power cuts.

After inaugurating an awareness programme on ‘Rooftop Solar Power Generation’, organised jointly by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), Cesc, District Industries Centre (DIC), Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and Mysuru Industries Association (MIA) at KIADB, here, Kiran said, “Cesc is working to avoid unscheduled load-shedding and it will ensure sufficient electricity supply in another two months. Cesc is doing better than any other electricity supply companies in the State.”

Kiran said, “Generation of solar power will be a boon for Cesc. At present, 40 per cent of power is being generated by hydro-electric units, but, due to drought, there will be a decline in the power generation. Thermal energy results in huge global warming as it produces 60 per cent of greenhouse gases.”

In order to minimise the production cost, the government has taken up several research and development (R&D) activities. To motivate people to instal solar power units, the government is purchasing power at the highest price, he said.

‘Solar energy costs less’Kiran said, “Compared to other forms of energy, solar energy costs less and a solar power unit could last for 40 years. The process of installation may be expensive, but, maintenance costs are less. To instal a plant that would generate one mega watt electricity, five to seven acres of land are required with an investment of Rs 7 crore. To encourage the residents to instal solar power plants at their houses, the government has introduced various schemes. Cesc has received 22 applications from the people to instal solar power plants.”

DIC, Mysuru, Joint Director Ramakrishnegowda called upon the industrialists to set up solar power plants in their enterprises. He said, “Setting up of units in industries would motivate residents to instal plants at houses. Non-conventional energies like solar energy and bio-gas are cheaper than conventional type of energy.”

The joint director said, “A few people have come forward to invest on large solar power plants and the government has approved one project near Bilikere and the department has sent two proposals to set up units near HD Kote and in Mysuru.”Farmers are the highest consumers of electricity as they use power to lift water for agricultural activities and they cannot be neglected, he added.

MIA General Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain said, “There are only a few benefits from the government for installing solar power plants and the authorities should introduce more schemes to motivate industrialists and residents to instal solar units.”

KREDL Assistant General Manager Vidya Rani, MIA president P Vishwanath and others were present. 

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