Kolkata: A 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project has been commissioned on the bank of the Teesta Canal by the Bengal Government. This solar plant is the first canal-bank project under the government’s canal-top and canal bank projects scheme for solar power plants.
West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) is setting up the Regional Energy Efficiency Centre (REEC) to promote and implement the Energy Efficiency Programme (EEP). WBREDA is developing mass awareness about the usefulness of renewable energy, of which solar energy is a type. It is promoting the usage of appliances using energy-efficient state-of-the art technologies. Energy efficiency is one of the most important tools to avoid global warming.
The State Government is also stressing on financial support to enable people to buy and use these kinds of efficient devices.
It may be mentioned that the state Power Department is contemplating on the use of energy efficient pumps in agriculture in various districts.
The state government has already taken initiatives to increase the electricity access and has added nearly 80 lakh consumers over the past four years. The state has achieved 24X7 quality power supply to its villages. The state government also has a plan to give power to the agriculture sector across the state through a dedicated line to ensure uninterrupted supply at a steady voltage.