With power crisis looming large over the kerala state, the Varappuzha panchayat office seems to be moving on the right track. The panchayat is all set to power its office exclusively on solar panels. Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas said Rs 22 lakh has been sanctioned to make Varappuzha panchayat office solar energy efficient. The project will be funded by the Central Warehousing Corporation.
K V Thomas said this was the first-of-its-kind venture in the state. "All the power requirements of the panchayat office could be met once the solar panels are fixed," Thomas said. The work will be carried out by the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON).
He said installing solar power for the office will be easy as the building has been recently renovated. Solar panel with a capacity of 11,000 watts will be installed on the roof top of the office.
Mercy Johny, president, Varappuzha Panchayat said they ventured out for such a project anticipating the power crisis which will hit the state soon.
"Realising the importance of renewable energy sources, various institutions are trying to switch to solar panel to slash the electricity bills. This made us think of such a step," Mercy said.
Mercy added that unlike other government institutions, the Varappuzha Panchayat does not have any arrears to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). She said a major highlight of the venture is that once the project materialises, it would create awareness among the people.
Mercy said that they had submitted the proposal to KELTRON which sent back a report on the estimate. "We approached Union Minister K V Thomas who got the sanction," she said.
Source- Indian Express