National energy park cries for attention

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The National Renewable Energy Park that was set up at the Children’s Park on Park Avenue on Mar-ine Drive in the city by spending almost Rs 1 crore is completing a decade of its existence. However, despite being the only one of its kind in the state, it is not getting the attention it deserves.

With the then district collector Gyanesh Kumar taking great interest, the Park was set up by a private agency under the supervision of ANERT and financed by the union ministry of non-conventional energy sources.

The then chief minister A.K. Antony opened the Park in September, 2002. Since then the park has been educating thousands of student visitors about the two different forms of renewable sources of ene-rgy — solar and wind.

With an energy crisis looming large on the horizon and great focus laid on propagating these two alternative sources of energy, enhancing nature and the facilities at the Park assume significance.

There is a solar power plant at the Park which can light up around 60 lights, but due to lack of maintenance it is not able to light up fully.

There are other independent solar units functioning separately in the Park. These units power a refri-gerator, cooker, water he-ater, car, four street ligh-ts, a home lighting system, cycle, television, drier and pump set. These too need attention.

There is also a wind energy segment at the Park with a wind pump and generator.

“A number of students come to the park as part of their projects related to renewable energy and make use of it,” says technician Sivadasan C.R, in-charge of the Park

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