Small hydropower (SHP) being most reliable and environmentally benign energy technology or electricity generation plays an important role in development of a region/nation. Major portion of hydropower potential in India lies in Himalayan region.
Floods hit power projects in Himalayan states; plans for more raise safety concerns. Heavy rainfall leading to flash floods in Himalayan rivers in July-end devastated three states—Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. It claimed 34 human lives and damaged property extensively. It also brought into focus the precarious condition of more than a dozen dams in the region.
Energy generated by using wind, solar, small hydro, tides, geothermal heat and biomass is known a non-conventional energy. All these sources are renewable process of energy generation and do not cause environmental pollution.
This is a draft of the village lighting programme proposed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy This programme aims to provide basic lighting facilities in remote unelectrified census villages and unelectrified hamlets of electrified census villages through renewable energy sources.
Central Electricity Authority has come out with this monthly generation report from RES for the first time. Says that as on 31.03.2012, the percentage share of RES in total generation capacity was 12.26% which is expected to increase to 17.12% by 31.03.17.
As on 31st March, 1990 Renewable Energy Sources (RES) capacity was 18 MW and generation during the year 1989-90 was 6 MU. Initially the annual capacity addition was very slow, but from 2008 onwards the contribution from RES is considerable.