In an effort to provide a stable and clean power supply to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Ministry of Interior will set up a renewable energy-based power supply project with the help of Japan.
On March 31, the government signed a grant agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to provide a loan of $133 million.
This project is being executed by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration and is expected to be completed by February 2024.
When completed, it will help the administration reduce the carbon footprint on the islands by replacing diesel-based power generation with clean renewable energy, government officials say.
The proposed renewable energy-based power supply will provide the power supply in the most sensitive region of South Andaman, especially by using the power generated from renewable energy sources through equipment and facilities such as the storage battery system and the grid interconnection system.
According to government data, the total population of the Union Territory in 2021 was 400,647, which depends on diesel production in individual islands.
Electricity generation is provided by 53 power stations in 19 inhabited islands, including 12 power stations in North and Central Andaman.
Officials also said the southern Andaman is more ecologically sensitive than that home to the indigenous Jarawa tribes.
Many parts of South Andaman are protected areas, therefore, the renewable energy option is the best option, they added.
This project will also ensure the clean power supply of the defense forces deployed to monitor the Indian and Pacific oceans.
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