Friday, April 20, 2012

SREDA Director offers Solar City scheme to Sikkim

GANGTOK, 19 April: Director, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Dr. Arun K Tripathi met with the officers of Sikkim Renewable Energy Development Agency [SREDA] at its office here at SREDA Bhawan, Gangtok today. Mr Tripathi is here to participate in a meeting of the Central Electricity Regulation Commission, informs a press release.
Director, SREDA, Siporah Targain, welcomed Dr. Tripathi and outlined the various projects being implemented in Sikkim like the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission, National Biogas & Manure Management Programmme, Special Area Development Programme and Micro Hydro Projects.
Dr. Tripathi in his interaction expressed his satisfaction over the progress of SREDA and invited the Agency to implement new schemes of the Ministry like Solar City and Green Building Initiative, the release informs.
The objective of the Solar City programme is to enable and empower Urban Local Governments to address energy challenges at the city level and reduce Green-House Gas emission levels. Under this programme the Ministry is planning to support 60 towns and cities and has so far identified 52. Dr. Tripathi invited Sikkim to choose one of its towns under the scheme, the release mentions.
Under the Green Building Initiative, the Ministry is spreading awareness for construction of buildings which would use an optimum amount of energy, consume less water, conserve natural resources, generate less waste and create spaces for healthy and comfortable living, as compared to conventional buildings. Members of the Architects of Sikkim who were also present for the meeting mooted a proposal to hold a symposium in this regard in coordination with SREDA, the release adds.

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