Knowing the importance of renewable energy the Tamil Nadu Government has set up an establishment, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, for renewable energy in the year 1985. The aim of this establishment is to promote renewable energy sources and to implement projects related to renewable energy. Apart from this it also promotes conservation of energy and motivates R&D activities on renewable energy sources. By promoting renewable energy sources power decentralization is possible and this enables the rural areas to develop faster.
The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) is located at,
EVK Sampath Maaligai (V Floor)
68, College Road,
Chennai - 600 006
Phone : +91-44-28224830, +91-44-28236592
Fax : +91-44-28222971
Activities by TEDA to promote renewable energy
To improve the development of wind power in the state they develop demo wind farms and also offer incentives for those who set up such wind farms. The power generated by the renewable energy sources are bought by the TNEB at attractive rates. Programmes on awareness of renewable energy sources are conducted from time to time. Biomass power projects are encouraged in the state with the assessment given by TEDA. Cogeneration in sugar mills is also encouraged. The solid wastes from different industries are used to recover energy from them. Decentralized power generation is encouraged. It could be the user of solar energy for lighting, water heating, and pumping. Solar lighting is used to light the rural areas where power is not available.
Some of the achievements of TEDA
Grid quality power that is generated by the renewable sources in Tamil Nadu is about 33% of the nation’s renewable power. With respect to the wind power, the contribution of Tamil Nadu is 44% of the capacity of India. The installed capacity of wind power is 4287 MW as of 2008. So far solar lighting domestic systems numbering 25068 has been installed in Tamil Nadu with more focus in rural areas.