CHENNAI: Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday informed the Assembly that the government has taken steps to ensure 22,440 MW of power through various sources, including 16,033 MW from thermal stations, 2,607 MW from hydel projects and 3,300 MW through long-term agreements and 500 MW through medium term agreements.
“After the AIADMK government assumed office in May 2011, 4,640 MW of additional power is being received through completed power projects, long-term and medium term plans. As a result of this, power shortage has reduced to a great extent and the State is close to attaining self-sufficiency in the power sector”, the Chief Minister said while responding to remarks made by the members.
As far as solar power is concerned, Panneerselvam said several private companies had established projects to generate 112 MW and steps were taken to set up solar power projects to generate 708 MW. But it could not be proceeded with due to petitions pending before the court. The TNERA had issued a fresh order on solar power on September 12, 2014. As per this, 70 solar power producers have registered for establishing solar power projects to generate 2,064 MW. The TANGEDCO would soon sign MoUs with five of the registered companies for setting up solar power projects.
Further, Paneerselvam said the State government has been extending several concessions to the public to encourage the use of solar power. As many as 82,275 solar-powered green houses are being constructed and 19,450 street lights replaced with LED lights, he added.