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Haryana installs solar lighting systems in villages
The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency has installed new solar lighting systems in 313 villages to reduce power consumption in the state.

 

Chandigarh: Focusing on renewable sources of energy to mitigate the rising energy demand in the state, Haryana is replacing conventional streetlights with solar photovoltaic (SPV) street lighting system. Initially, the new solar lighting system is being installed in villages, which will be gradually replicated in urban areas, provided the project in rural areas achieves the target.

Chandigarh: The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has so far installed new solar lighting system in 313 villages of Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Sonipat, Jind, Bhiwani, Faridabad and Gurgaon districts in a phased manner.

As many as 3,936 SPV street lighting systems had been installed in these villages at a cost of Rs 904.08 lakh. Now, the HAREDA has decided to further install SPV lighting system in 56 villages in three more districts — Rewari, Mahendergarh and Faridabad. Giving details of the project, HAREDA Director Sumita Misra said the villages would be illuminated by installing 1,616 SPV street lighting systems at a cost of Rs 307.04 lakh during 2010-11.

While Rs 92.11 lakh would be provided by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Rs 216.83 lakh would be invested by the state government.The SPV technology is employed for directly converting the solar energy into electrical energy by using solar silicon cells. The electricity generated can be utilised for different applications directly or through a battery storage system.

"SPV street lighting systems are being installed by the HAREDA in the villages having 50 per cent or more Scheduled Castes population with a view to improve the standard of living of members belonging to the Scheduled Castes,” Misra informed.

 

Source: iGovernment