Tripura to establish solar microgrids in 23 villages

The Tripura state government has announced plans to install solar microgrids in 23 remote villages where power could not be provided through conventional means. According to the news agency UNI, the state government has approved a plan to install solar microgrids at the cost of Rs 2.3 crore. The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA) would install systems in these villages.

As a first initiative, Tripura’s deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma, has inaugurated a 2 kilowatt (kW) solar microgrid at Sarkipara in Nunacherra autonomous district council village in Khowai district.

The system will provide electricity to 14 families as the villagers here have been demanding electricity for a long time. However, setting up a power line to such a location for less than 100 people was not feasible.

Addressing the media, the deputy chief minister said that around 12,000 solar lights were already distributed in several remote areas across Tripura, and plans to distribute another 15,000 solar lights were also in the pipeline.

The power deficit in the North-Eastern region of India is far higher than in other parts of India. The region recorded the highest energy supply deficit of 2.5 per cent for the FY 2020-21, and the peak power deficit stood at 5.7 per cent.

To address this issue, the cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved the revised cost estimate for the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project with an estimated cost of Rs 6,700 crore.

The implementation is likely to create a reliable power grid and improve the region’s connectivity to the upcoming load centers and extend the benefits of grid-connected power to all consumers and beneficiaries. The program would also increase the per capita power consumption in the region.

Recently, the Tripura State Electricity Corporation (TSECL) invited bids to empanel developers to design, supply, install, and commission 1 megawatt (MW) of grid-connected rooftop solar projects on residential buildings at different locations in the state under Phase-II of the rooftop solar program. TREDA had also floated a tender for the solarization of 1,300 grid-connected agricultural water pumps in the state. These pumps were allocated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), which aims at the solarization of grid-connected agricultural pumps.

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