DST-IIEST Solar PV Hub inaugurated by Union Education Minister.

The Union Education Minister, Shri Ramesh pokhriyal nishank, inaugurated the DST-IIEST Solar PV Hub on October 27, 2020.  The hub was inaugurated at Shibpur in Howrah District of West Bengal .

DST-IIEST Solar PV Hub

The concept of establishing the Solar PV hub was first put forward in 2018. The hub is  aimed at establishing the world-class research facility. It will act as a central node to disseminate the knowledge in the field of solar energy, fabrication, solar photovoltaics, research and development,  solar PV module, testing of solar cells and Solar PV systems. It will provide a great economic boost in the eastern and North Eastern regions of India. The establishment of the hub is in line with the make in India initiative since it align to the national and local Industries, startup, Research Institute.  This will help in smooth transition from the fossil fuel energy to the solar energy. The funds to establish the hub has been allocated by  the Department of Science and Technology in coordination with the centre of excellence for green energy and sensor system located at the IIEST.

Significance

Establishment of the Solar hub will greatly help to transfer the indigenous Technologies, testing of solar cells, training for fabrication and Solar PV module to the eastern and north eastern regions of India.

Solar capacity of northeast India

The solar power stations in the North Eastern region is operated by the North Eastern electric power corporation limited (NEEPCO). The station was established in 1976 and is owned by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited. North Eastern states have higher potential of renewable energy as per the report. The report states that, 65 percent of Nagaland state demand of power can be fulfilled by renewable energy. This fulfilment stands at 64% in Sikkim and 82% in Arunachal Pradesh.

Solar projects in northeast region

  1. Green City project- Meghalaya government sanctioned 25 crores of Rupees to install solar light under this project.
  2. Innovative solar powered water treatment units- Nagaland government recently set up  these units in three villages in Nagaland.
  3. Solar Thermal Scheme- Manipur renewable energy Development Agency recently launched this scheme that aims to provide 10,000 solar heaters to nine districts in the state.
  4. Oxidized Solar Equipment-  Government of Mizoram provides these equipment’s.