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Offering upto 90% subsidy, incentives, gap funding to promote solar energy in Himachal, claims Govt

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Subsidy upto 90 percent for plants is being provided for units being installed in Government buildings and upto 70 percent to the residential and social sector.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government, in an official statement, claimed it is offering incentives, such as generation-based incentives, capital and interest subsidies, viability gap funding, concessional finance, and fiscal incentives etc., to promote renewable energy. It also claims installation of various Solar Power projects in Himachal.

Himachal Pradesh Government Energy Development Agency (HIMURJA) is implementing the Renewable Energy Programme in the State with the support of Central financial assistance available under the Renewable Energy Programme on the Solar Photovoltaic Systems such as Solar Street Lighting Systems, Solar Home Lighting System and Solar Power Plants, said government.

The proposals received from the panchayats, institutions, and government departments are forwarded to the Centre, for approval of subsidy.

Subsidy upto 90 percent for plants is being provided for units being installed in Government buildings and upto 70 percent to the residential and social sector.

Till date, the government has sanctioned  following projects:

  • 200 kW SPV Power Plant at Baru Sahib
  • 200 kW SPV Power Plant at Baru Sahib
  • 6.5 Kw Power Plant for H.P. Secretariat
  • 12 SPV Power Plants of 4 kWp capacity each in the District Collectorates
  • 20 kW SPV Power Plant at H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Shimla
  • 10 Kw SPV Power Plant for Ranser Island
  • 10 Kw Power Plant for Kibber
  • 2 kW each SPV Power Plant in 216 Nos of Police Stations in the State
  • 450 kW aggregate capacity SPV Power Plants for IPH, District Kangra
  • 55 Kw aggregate capacity SPV Power Plant at Ridge Maidan, Old Bus Stand and Panchayat Bhawanin Shimla
  • 25Kw SPV Power Plant at Raj Bhawan Shimla stand installed
  • 100 KW SPV Power Plant at HP High Court
  • 100 KW SPV Power Plant at HP Secretariat
  • 100 KW SPV Power Plant at HIPA
  • 50 KW SPV Power Plant installed at HP University, Shimla
  • 5 kWp at Bachat Bhawan, Reckong-Peo
  • 5 kWp plants each at ADC Kaza, BSNL Tower Mane Gomga Village, 43 rd BN, ITBP, Sugar Point, Spiti Valley, ITBP Sumdo, Spiti Valley and ITI Solan
  • 10 kWp at ITBP Mormi Dogri, Spiti Valley
  • 2 kWp plants at ITBP Kaurik, Spiti Valley, ITBP Baryog, Spiti Valley and ITBP Lepcha, Spiti Valley
  • A 3kWp plant at IPH Kaza, Spiti Valley
  • 3 SPV Power Plant of 100 kWp capacity at H.P. Judicial Academy, Gandal, Shimla
  • 14 SPV Power Plants of 1kWp capacity each of IPH, Kaza
  • 1 kWp SPV Power Plants in 100 premises of individual households at Pangi and Bharmour
  • 50 kWp SPV Power Plant at Indian Association of Muscular Dystrophy, Solan
  • 567 kWp SPV Power Plants in 34 Court Complexes in H.P

Power Plants of 10 kWp SPV each at Village Bara Bhangal in Kangra district are in the implementation stage, it said.

About 250 SPV Power Plant of 1 kW capacity each have been sanctioned for individual households in the State, out of which 152 SPV Power Plants have been installed and remaining would be installed soon, said the government.

The government said it is also providing funds under the Scheduled Caste Component Plan for the installation of SPV Street Lighting Systems in the Scheduled Caste villages with a population of 40 per cent or more.

As many as 7961 SPV lights have been installed under this programme since inception. Apart from this, 55,230 SPV CFL Type Lanterns, 22,586 SPV Home Lights and 674 SPV LED Home Lights have been installed in the State during present tenure of the government.

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HIMCOSTE PLS: Eminent scientist & activist Dr Vandana Shiva to speak at Shimla on July 17

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE), Shimla is organising Popular Lecture Series (PLS) under its Science Popularisation programme.

This programme started under Science Popularisation since 2017 for Science students of Govt. Degree Colleges of all the Districts of Himachal Pradesh. The programme is funded by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, under the Science Day and Mathematics Day celebration.

Eminent speakers/scientists are invited to address students so that they are motivated for taking up Science & Technology and work for the betterment of the community.
This series of lectures will be organised in the first phase at the:

  1. Government Degree College (GDC), Sanjauli, Shimla on July 17
  2. GDC Bilaspur on August 1
  3. GDC Hamirpur on August 2
  4. GDC Nathan on August 8
  5. GDC Solan August 9

Following five renowned and eminent scientists and environmental activist will deliver lectures :

  1. Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya
  2. Retd. Prof. PK Ahluwalia, Department of Physics HP University
  3. Dr Patrick Das Gupta, Department of Physics & Astrophysics University of Delhi
  4. Dr Kiran Katoch, Dr AS Paintal Chair (ICMR) IIHMR University, Jaipur
  5. Dr Ravi Chopra, Director Peoples Science Institute Dehradun
  6. Dr Rajeev Kumar Puri, Department of Physics University of Punjab

 

The second phase in other Districts would be organised in September and October 2018.

Dr Vandana Shiva at Sanjauli College on sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming

The First lecture in this series would be delivered by Dr Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya – a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds and to promote organic farming and fair trade

For the last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving more than 5,00,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from all over the country and have established 60seed banks in 16 states across the country.

In 2004, she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

Dr Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. She is equally at ease working with peasants in rural India and teaching in Universities worldwide.

Time Magazine identified Dr Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr Vandana Shiva as one of the top seven most Powerful Women on the Globe.

The topic of the talk by Dr Vandana Shiva would be “Sustainable Mountain Agriculture & Organic Farming” at Govt. Degree College, Sanjauli on July 17, 2018, where 1000 science students are expected to get benefitted by this talk. The Science faculty of Sanjauli College would attend this talk.

Kunal Satyarthi, IFS Member Secretary HIMCOSTE, will be present on the occasion.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Van Mahotsav 2018: Nauni varsity plants over 500 trees at campus

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Solan: Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the Van Mahotsav at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni.

He planted a sapling of an ornamental tree-Crape Myrtle, at the university’s main gate.

Later in the day, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma addressed the university staff and students. He thanked the Chief Minister and other dignitaries for launching the plantation drive of the university.

Jai Ram Thakur on Van Mahotsav 2018

CM Jai Ram Thakur watering a newly planted tree at UHF Nauni

While explaining the importance of trees for the survival of humankind, Dr Sharma called for collective efforts to conserve existing forests and undertake plantation in newer areas. He said that Van Mahotsav was an event, which not only connected everyone with nature but was also an important requirement in today’s times.

Dr Sharma also called for the support of the all the university employees and students in ensuring the survivability of all the plants.

The participants undertook a plantation drive at the university campus in which over 500 trees of Melia Composita, a fast-growing tree was planted near the staff residences of the university.

The local branches of the State Bank of India and UCO Bank along with various societies also supported and took part in the programme.

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Forest Minister Govind Thakur, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal and Member of Parliament Sh. Virender Kashyap also carried out plantation on the occasion.

Chief Minister presided over the 69th State Level Van Mahotsav at Churwadhar in Rajgarh area of Pachhad Assembly Constituency in Sirmour district.

He said that 15 lakh sapling would be planted in the 596 selected places in the State witan h active participation of the people. He said that although about 67 per cent area of the State was covered with forests still lot more needed to be done.

The State government was endeavouring that everyone adopts a tree as “Gotra Tree” and help to conserve and protect it. This would motivate the people particularly the younger generation to conserve our environment. He also urged the student to help in environmental conservation.

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