Chandigarh: ‘PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry along with Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) took the solar awareness campaign forward and conducted an awareness session on solar energy today at Punjab Engineering College. The awareness session was attended by students of Electrical Engineering department of Punjab Engineering College. The program aimed at bringing awareness to the youth about the utility of such form of energy and also the potential career prospects in this sector. This session was a part of seminar series which are being conducted in various educational institutes of Chandigarh.
Ujjawal Kumar, Project Manager, Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) said that “Solar and other form of renewable energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has now become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. It’s never ending potential has made limitless consumer across the world and, as Chandigarh, we top the charts in terms of harnessing and utilizing the solar energy amongst the UTs. He further added that a “total of 449 Govt and Private buildings are benefitting from the solar set up which is also reducing the hefty electricity billings. We are aiming at 50 megawatt target by the year 2022 and as on Feb 28, 2018 we have already achieved 21.08 percent which is clear indication of inclination toward the solar option. Govt buildings in Chandigarh have generated nearly 31.36 million unit through solar form of energy which rates the city’s success.”
He also highlighted that Department of Science & Technology And Renewable Energy requests all citizen to install solar plants on their houses( of plot size more than 500 Sq yard) before the deadline i.e. 17th May,2018, the department is also providing subsidy of Rs 18000 per KW on all private residential houses which is likely to be reduce or discontinued by MNRE, GOI
Simarpreet Singh, Chairman, PHD Regional Committee on Power & Renewable Energy addressed the students by saying that “With still close to billion people in the world not having electricity it is important that we as a young generation take up this role to provide clean power to all”. He further added that with central government making electric cars compulsory by 2030 renewable energy is the future and we need to build and create a better world for our future generations.
Dr. Tarlochan Kaur, Senior Professor – Punjab Engineering College & Member – PHD Regional Committee on Power & Renewable Energy expressed her views on the importance of solar energy and the growing need of it in the world today. She also stated that the students of the college are working towards the same through projects being carried out by them. She also thanked the Chamber for conducting the session as it also leads to a platform which has industry and student interaction which helps the progress of the student community.