Baramati will soon emerge as the first solar-powered town in western Maharashtra, with streetlights, garden lamps and advertisement hoardings being run by solar energy.Baramati is among 18 towns in Maharashtra to have got funding from the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (Meda) — the state nodal agency for new and renewable energy — for solar projects under the Union ministry of new and renewable energy.
The Baramati Municipal Council will soon receive Rs 20 lakh from the Union ministry for the project. In addition, the civic body will put in Rs 20 lakh of its own.
Accordingly, 100 solar streetlights, 10 solar blinkers on the roads, a traffic signal, few hoardings as well as 100 solar studs
in gardens will be installed under the project by the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (Meda), the implementing agency.
Meda director general Mahesh Zagade said, “Most of the investment has to come from the civic bodies to initiate solar
installations. We appreciate the Baramati civic body’s efforts in implementing the project. We have been installing such solar products in various districts in the state, including Kolhapur, Nashik, Thane, Dhule and Ahmednagar.”
When contacted, Baramati municipal council president Mangala Saraf-Shah said, “The civic body spends Rs 10 lakh per month on streetlighting. Once we install solar-powered lamps, the civic body is expected to save at least Rs 2 lakh
She said the civic body would undertake a survey to identify spots where solar installations should be fitted to effect maximum energy saving.
“We will place orders for solar panels and other equipment and start actual installation as soon as the Union government
funding for the project is received,” she added.
Meda is targeting 82 villages in the current year across the state to promote solar energy. “Our aim is to take solar energy
projects to villages where there is absolutely no electricity. There are many villages in remote areas that can benefit from
the green electricity. And we will be providing it free of charge,” Zagade said.
Source - Times of India