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Power-starved city gets solace from Sun

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2011 00:30 IST
Eshani Mathur

In an attempt to get rid of frequent power-cuts, residents of the city have started using solar power plants to generate power and reduce their electricity bills by up to 60% in the process. They are now using solar water heaters, garden lights and torches.

South City 2 has recently put up streetlights in one of their blocks and has plans to do the same in others. “We have put up seven solar streetlights in D block. We plan to install streetlights in other blocks and all the main gates as well. We have got the approval from additional district commissioner to get the lights at a subsidised rate,” Dr Shivnarayan Bhardwaj, president of South City 2 RWA, said.

Similarly, fed up with prolonged power cuts, Dr Suranjana Rai Luthra, a scientist and PhD. in physics from IIT Delhi, turned to the reliable alternative. She has installed a solar water heater and a solar-powered inverter system at her friend’s place, apart from her own home in DLF Phase 2.

Luthra has been in regular touch with RWAs and builders, encouraging the use of solar energy. “This is an eco-friendly technology and helps significantly save electricity. The expenses of installation can be recovered within two years as the government provides us with a lot of incentives and subsidy,” she said.

Environment activists and experts recommend that India should adopt a policy of developing solar power as a dominant component of the renewable energy. The country can make renewable resources the backbone of its economy by 2050, curbing its long-term carbon emissions without compromising its economic growth potential.

Samit Jain of Advit Foundation, who runs the Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park in Sector 29, said, “Many people are interested in economical solar-powered units like garden lights, inverters, streetlights and torches. Such lights can be used in case of a power cut.”