In the first enterprise of its kind in AP, over 50,000 people at Gollavanitippa in West Godavari district will use solar power to run the electrical appliances in their houses from the first week of February.
The electricity will flow from a canal-top solar power plant installed by BHEL. Set up on the Losari canal at a cost of `7.9 crore, the unit generates 1 MW every day. There will be no change in their tariff.
Once the plant becomes operational, people from about 10 villages can avail solar power. Gollavanitippa is 70 km from Eluru, and is part of Bhimavaram mandal.
The solar power unit is being synchronised with the local power sub-station and will be connected to the state power grid. The solar power is supplied to the power grid and electricity then reaches the target villages. In case of inclement weather, conventional energy will be supplied to the target villages.
District manager D.V. Prasad of New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation said, “The experiment is first of its kind in the state where solar power is will be used by such a large number of people. Solar power will reduce the burden on the power grid.”
The West Godavari district administration has distributed subsidised energy-saving LED bulbs to conserve electricity.
source: Deccan herald