Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Dharwad villages will be powered by solar

Source: Times of India
DHARWAD: Dharwad zilla panchayat is contemplating to include more villages under the solar power scheme. Guddad-Hulikatti village in Kalghatgi taluk has been adopted by ZP in the first phase for implementing the scheme.

ZP CEO C Shikha, speaking at the inaugural session of workshop on `Institutional finance for solar energy products' organized by Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) here, said measures had been taken to install solar street lights in the entire village at a cost of Rs 4 lakh.

She said nearly 1.33 lakh rural households in the district are paying Rs 4 crore towards electricity bill every month and the use of solar power would reduce this burden to a great extent. Materials required for installing solar power units are being distributed to the rural people under solar loan scheme, she added.

The ZP will join hands with Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) in creating awareness among the people about the advantages of solar energy, she said.

Presiding over the inaugural programme, KVGB chairman K P Muralidharan said the bank has a long-term plan to convert all villages as "100% solar villages". At present, the bank has selected 80 villages, and till date, nearly 14 villages have been declared as solar villages, he added.

The central government had selected KVGB as a member of the committee for implementation and propagation of solar power.

Inaugurating the workshop, vice-chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences (Dharwad), R R Hanchinaal, called upon the people to use solar energy.

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