A front page report covering over forty column-inch was published in a local English daily on 11th April on the subject. It deserves national attention and urgent action by the government; if it is really serious to go ahead to provide more power within the next two years (by December 2012).

The global financial crisis has come as a roadblock to the Rs 5,500-crore integrated solar power complex, possibly the world

Saving energy: A member of Annai Charitable Trust demonstrating the use solar-powered appliances to children at the Nesakarangal Home in Salem.

SALEM: Annai Charitable Trust of India, a Salem-based non-governmental organisation, conducted an awareness programme on solar-powered appliances for children at Nesakkarangal, a home for the deserted.

Shastry V. Mallady

It will function as a resource, research, training and production centre

MADURAI: To encourage use of solar energy, an institute under the name Loyola Institute of Solar Energy and Technology (LSET) was inaugurated here on Saturday.

About 35 hoardings have been shifted from conventional electricity to solar energy in the city, Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Energy Conservation General Manager (GM) Tahir Bisharat Cheema said on Friday.

In a fresh bid to strengthen the national power-grid with another 400 MWs, 159 licences have already been issued to prospective corporate stakeholders to carry on with renewable energy power generation, and interested parties are bound to complete their projects within a set timeframe of two years, a Ministry of Power and Energy press release said.

Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf told a press conference on Wednesday that the country's first ever windmill project in Jhimpir, Sindh, will become functional on April 19. This would mark an important beginning towards power production from alternative sources of energy. Built by a Turkish company, the project is part of a 50mw wind farm.

San Francisco: Californians could soon be powering their homes, and no doubt their hot tubs, from a space-based solar electricity programme.

The plan by the state

A TIMELY call by experts at a roundtable the other day for alternative energy sources, undoubtedly, remind the planners both in the public and private sectors of the urgency of expediting the adoption of renewable energy technologies for meeting the growing demands for electricity.