The chief secretary formerly inaugurated a solar power plant having capacity of 100-KW power generation at Pushpa Gujral Science City here on Thursday.
The solar power plant was running on trial since July and was generating power for the Science City up to a maximum of 82 KW.
Principal secretary, science, technology and environment, Karan A Singh; director general, Science City, RS Khandpur; and vice-chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Rajnish Arora; were among those present on the occasion.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, Singh said, "The government is seriously thinking to put alternative energy generation sources in its next five-year plan, citing their utilisation and hassle-free applications. A separate policy on solar energy could also be introduced soon. In the next five years, we hope to generate at least 1,000 MW of power in the state through solar energy."
Earlier, a 20-KW plant was operating at the Science City; with the addition of this plant, the visitors could also benefit by visualising the real life and practical applications of energy generation through solar power in totally eco-friendly and pollution-free environment, said Khandpur.
"The plant is designed in such a way that it directly feeds power to the mains grid and does not make use of the battery bank. So, no cost will be incurred in future in maintenance of this power plant. As the Science City remains functional only in daytime, no need was felt to install battery banks which also add to recurring cost during operation," he said.
The plant had been set up at an investment of Rs 1.5 crore, of which the union ministry of new and renewable energy had contributed Rs 40 lakh as subsidy, said Khandpur.
He said the state-level Energy Education and Awareness Park had been set up in the Science City to create awareness and motivate people to use renewable sources of energy.
"The energy park derives its total power requirement from the already set-up 20-KW solar power plant with battery banks installed. The energy park was also sponsored by the union ministry of new and renewable energy to make the technology popular among the visitors," said the director.
Khandpur said the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) had recently approved a grant of Rs 10 lakh for educational games in the energy park of the Science City under the PCRA scheme, Learn While You Play. PCRA is an organisation working under the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas.
The Science City is putting up lots of efforts to create awareness in society about the use of renewable energy sources. The Science City was shortly opening a unique theatre on climate change having multi-screen, multi-object and multi-effect features, Khandpur said.