New Delhi, Feb 15 : Chhattisgarh was today felicitated for emerging as one of the best performing states in the renewable energy segment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the award to Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Energy department, Aman Singh, during the Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (RE-Invest) held here. (Read: Narendra Modi for innovation in making renewable energy affordable)

“Chhattisgarh has been doing commendable work in renewable energy sector. We are generating 45 MW off grid solar power and 200 MW through rice husk,” Singh told PTI after receiving the award. The state was adjudged for the award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission.

Singh said solar power is being used in 600 primary health centre, 100 community health centre, 350 police stations, 1800 tribal hostels, 27 collectorates and 1,700 villages of the state. In addition, various villages are using 3,000 solar power pumps for drinking water and 1,500 for irrigation purpose, he said.