Meghalaya government is planning to reduce its carbon footprints with new solar power initiatives in the state. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched the Meghalaya Roof Top Solar Portal of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) in Shillong, on Thursday.
Sangma said, “Meghalaya has a long way to go in generating energy from alternative sources. The state has the capacity and opportunity to harness solar energy, and this is where solar projects like these are important for us.”
Focusing on the reduction of CO2 emissions, the state government is planning to promote solar power as much as possible.
As per the scheme, people will be getting rooftop solar power systems with almost zero cost. “They will get a 40 percent subsidy from MNRE, 50% from the vendor, and 10% from MePDCL. Consumers who install solar panels will pay Rs 2 lesser to MeECL as compared to Rs 6 per unit that they are paying right now. When consumers are not using electricity from solar panels, they will earn Rs 1 per unit from MeECL. Consumers can apply for this Scheme through the unified solar rooftop portal,” informed the chief minister.