According to reports, state minister for electricity, Natham R Viswanathan on Saturday reiterated that the present power crisis would come to an end by this year. The minister, who was here to distribute prizes to students who had won prizes in various categories while creating awareness about green energy, said that each household that opted for tapping solar energy would be given a grant of Rs 2 per unit and the same would be deducted from their electricity bill.
The minister said that 3000 MW of renewable energy would be generated over three years at the rate of 1000 MW a year and the current year infrastructure building was already over. Moreover, he said that 60,000 green houses would be built by the government a year and one lakh street lights would be lit by solar energy in the current year.
The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) in association with the Rotary Club International had conducted awareness programmes about the need for renewable energy to overcome the present crisis. All the 32 districts in the state were covered and hundreds of schools participated in the three-month long competition that was conducted in the categories of elocution (for both juniors and seniors), painting and essay writing. The four first prize winners – Premkumar (senior-elocution) from Chennai, Sankaranarayanan (junior elocution) from Namakkal, Shivani (painting) from Coimbatore and Atulya Mangal (essay writing) from Tuticorin – were given an electric-battery-operated scooter each.