lighting up homes in remote villages
About four years ago, Valerian Sequera, 48, came from Laila village in Belthangady taluk, and dakshina Kannada did not think that one day he could have a TV and watch the show at home by using solar energy.
He also did not know that the emergency light would replace the chimney light in the village.
Dayanand Salian from the same village also stopped using chimney lights in his house.
Visitors to the village in the evening may see the house connected by electricity.
But it\'s not because the house has a solar lighting system.
In 81 villages in Belthangady taluk, up to 2,200 houses have now adopted solar lighting systems.
Up to 600 houses in about 40 villages in Karkala taluk, Udupi district have also chosen the new system.
Two silent revolutions of taluks have been going on since the 1999 s.
In platter Taruk, in Dakhina Cummings, 200 houses used solar lighting last year.
This is due to the efforts made by the Solar Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, Solar energy International subsidiary Solar Electric Light Corporation and the joint government.
Perhaps these taluks have the state\'s largest solar home lighting system.
The management and field staff of the rural development project are working to transform these villages into \"solar villages \".
The Charmadi area is part of the Western gaozhishan vein, where 10 poles are needed to draw 1 km long wires.
The installation cost of the pole is about Rs.
10,000, half of the unit cost of solar home lighting systems.
According to L. , executive director of the rural development project, some of the houses in these areas and in the remote areas of Belthangady taluk are now using solar lighting systemsH. Manjunath.
SubsidyHe told Hinduism the cost of installing a solar lighting system (one unit)was Rs. 20,000.
In this regard, the non-foreign ministry
Traditional energy provided
5,500 as a subsidy to the beneficiary.
The solar electric company, which acts as an installation agency, also offers discounts on Rs.
Thus, a family benefits.
7,500, if solar lighting system is selected.
At the same time, loans were provided for rural development projects.
12,500 as a loan to the beneficiary under the microfinance program \"Pragathi nidhi\" at low interest rates.
However, beneficiaries can also lend to nationalized cooperative banks.
Rural development project Credit links beneficiaries with these banks, he said. Dr.
Manjunath said solar electric paid the excess if the loan interest exceeded 5 cents.
Each house with a solar lighting system has four solar lights.
The technology adopted ensures that only light is absorbed without heat, because the photovoltaic cells in the unit absorb light and convert it into electric energy.
Technical support it is said that solar electric has set up an office in Belthangady to deal with technical issues (if any ).
A solar unit can light up to four lights.
Each light can be lit for five hours a day. Mr.
Sequera says he uses each lamp between 6 p. m. and 10 p. m. every day.
During the rainy season, he can also use lights for about four hours a day.
He claims that he has had no problems using these lights for the last four years. However, Mr.
During the rainy season, Salian says, a lamp can be lit for about three hours a day.
Otherwise, each light can be lit for more than four hours a day.
Three institutions and banks have been pushing Rs since 1999. 5.
The cost of installing the lighting system in the beneficiary.
Solar lighting systems have become a reliable power option for villages in these two regions.