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AP to implement Special Action Plan to prevent climate change

Hyderabad: In its endeavor towards providing a clean and green environment for the benefit of present and future generations, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to implement a Special Action Plan for prevention of Climate Change by reduction of Green House Gas Emissions, protection of Ozone layer by promoting Renewable Energy sources, apart from implementing Energy efficiency and conservation measures vigorously.
On the occasion of Earth Hour-2016, Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy I&I, who held a review meeting with K Vijayanand, CMD/APTRANSCO & MD/APGENCO, K Ranganatham, Advisor, Energy Dept., CMDs of DISCOMs R Muthyala Raju, Sri H.Y. Dora, Dinesh Paruchuri, Director/Finance/ APTRANSCO, Sri Adhisheshu, CEO/MD/AP Solar Corporation Limited, Kamalakar Babu, MD/NREDCAP & Chief Operating Officer, VSR Naidu on development of Solar & Wind power said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has emphasized the need for development of Green power and has fixed a target of developing 18GW (18,000 MW) Renewable Energy Power by 2021-22 i.e., 10,000MW of Solar & 8000MW of Wind power.
As a part of the four ultra mega solar parks, 1500MW solar park by NTPC, 500MW solar park by APGENCO in Anantapur District, 1000MW solar park at Kurnool district, 1000MW park at Kadapa district are being developed. Around 3000 solar pumpsets were distributed to the farmers in 2015-16 and the Govt has targeted to distribute 20,000 solar pumpsets by 2016-17 and 50,000 pumpsets in the next five years. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 225 crore for development of solar parks in Anantapur and Kurnool districts and Rs 110 crore for installation of 6,725 solar pumpsets.
Under the wind power transmission scheme for evacuation of 3150MW under Green energy corridor, the 1st phase of works for evacuation of 2000MW at a cost of Rs.2085.41Crs under REC funding are in full swing and expected to be completed by April 2016. The GOI has consented to grant Rs.515 Cr for projects under Phase-II for 1150 MW of wind power.
Ajay Jain has appealed to all the Engineers & other employees of power utilities that all of us shall take a pledge to complete all the planned & scheduled projects in time duly ensuring quality power supply to the consumers. Protection of environment is one of the primary objective of every individual. As a part of this Earth Hour is being celebrated across more than 150 countries and around 200 Crores people are participating in this massive event to create awareness on the ill effects of climate change.
“On the occasion of Earth Hour on March 19 -2016, Ajay Jain appealed all the consumers and electricity employees to switch off all non-essential lights for one hour from 8.30 pm, which will help protection of natural resources and also reduction of CO2 emissions.” (NSS)