REGULATION | Cesar Tordesillas, India

North Eastern Indian states to strengthen renewable energy programme

India's Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah called upon the power ministers of North Eastern states to maximize use of renewable energy.

The power ministers from the north-eastern states have requested MNRE for 90% funding for the renewable energy projects in the region and help in preparation of state-specific action plans for renewable energy. Dr. Abdullah has agreed for getting the Resource Mapping for solar, wind and micro/small hydro projects prepared for these states.

To note, 3,841 villages, out of 4,965 remote villages that are to be electrified through renewable energy systems in the region, have been provided solar lights, thus far. The state encompasses 160 small/micro hydel projects, worth 275 MW capacity and has over 1,18,000 biogas plants.

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