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Govt approves Rs473 cr RE project in Ladakh

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The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has given its approval to implement a renewable energy project in Ladakh at a total cost of Rs473 crore.
The project includes setting up of 30 small and micro Hydel projects aggregating to 23.5 MW capacity, 300 Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plants of 5-100 KW capacity, 2000 SPV home lighting systems and about 40,000 solar thermal systems.
The project will help saving about 200 lakh liters of diesel every year which is mainly been used to provide power to the region. The implementation of the project would start in June this year and would be completed by December, 2013.
“The activities under the project would help in exploiting small hydro and solar energy potential in the region for power generation and using solar thermal systems for energy conservation and livelihood. The project would also help in conserving diesel, kerosene and firewood and will be beneficial to environment, as it would substitute generation from diesel thereby reducing carbon emissions,” a Ministry released said.
The government said the Ladakh region has extreme environment conditions and faces enormous energy adversities throughout the year. “It becomes even more acute during the winter months. The urban areas and all defence establishments use diesel and kerosene extensively. The population in the remote areas faces acute problem of fuel for cooking and space heating,” it said.
Considering that the region has good potential of solar and hydro resources, a detailed study was undertaken in Leh and Kargil districts of the region. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had prepared a plan for large scale use of renewable energy with a total financial requirement of Rs473 crore.

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