Uttarakhand Government considers science, technology and innovation to be excellent vehicles for developing the national knowledge economy and towards that end has invested heavily in them. As part of this policy UREDA has been encouraged to take a leading role in the development of the renewable energy sector in line with the guidance of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the conductive platform for the promotion of energy conservation.
Uttarakhand state came into existence as a new state on Nov. 9, 2000 by bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh. It is a leading state of the country in non - conventional energy resources applications. In Uttarakhand, operation and execution of various schemes based on non - conventional energy resources is handled by Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) through local Panchayat, volunteer organizations and district administration. Since 2008 UREDA is also spearheading the activities of Energy Conservation as a state nodal agency of BEE.
The implementation of renewable energy programmes in the state of Uttarakhand, conferences and workshop conducted towards awareness and technological modifications, Provision of promotional measures for the renewable energy development and other activities carried out, all have been successful in meeting their objective.
UREDA AT A GLANCE
1. Set up under the administrative control of the Department of Energy & Renewable Energy, GoU in July, 2001 under Society Registration Act 1860.
2. An Executive Body headed by the Principal Secretary/Secretary, Renewable Energy, Govt. of Uttarakhand.
3. Head Office at Dehradun and Project Office in all 13 districts. Total strength is 119 personnels (80 posts filled and 39 vacant)
4. State Nodal Agency for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Programmes.