Preliminary steps to establish the state’s first solar power park in Tiruvarur by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) have started, according to Electricity Minister V. Senthilbalaji.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said Chief Minister MP Stalin recently announced that the state government will set up 4,000 MW solar power generation units. It had been announced that all districts of the state would have a solar park. The first park would be set up in Tiruvarur and Tangedco officials had started the process.
Mr. Senthilbalaji said Tamil Nadu, which has made its mark in harnessing natural energy sources, especially wind, would become a model state in harnessing solar power in the country.
The state’s energy demand was approximately 16,000 MW per day. Almost 50% of the energy was supplied by sourcing from private suppliers at an excessive cost. It was in an effort to bridge the gap that the state government embarked on a plan to harness solar energy. This would significantly reduce the costs of energy supply.
In order to improve the efficiency of electricity distribution, it was decided to create 204 substations and modernize 12 existing substations in the state. According to one study, 8,905 transformers encountered frequent failures due to power fluctuations. They would be replaced by new transformers. More than 2,500 transformers have so far been replaced in different parts of the state.
Earlier, Mr. Senthilbalaji visited Kolanthagoundanur with collector T. Prabu Shankar and inspected damaged buildings constructed by Tamil Nadu Urban Development Corporation about 25 years ago.
The minister distributed social assistance to residents, who had been transferred to a public school. He also assured them that steps would be taken to build them new homes as soon as possible.