Advertisement

HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

Schools bask in solar power

Santosh Chowdhury , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 14, 2007
First Published: 03:28 IST(14/6/2007) | Last Updated: 03:40 IST(14/6/2007)

In power-starved Uttar Pradesh, where many villages go without electricity for as long as 16 hours a day, government primary school students in Lakhimpur Khiri have been taking lessons in basic computing for the past two years, thanks to solar photo-voltaic cells.

Advertisement

Billed as the first ever attempt in the state to battle power problems at the primary school level, these solar photo voltaic cells have been installed in 10-odd government primary schools under the Education for All Project, by the Lucknow-based Non Conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA).

The cells have a 240 Watt capacity and run on 12-Volt 120 AH batteries, used for each computer in the schools.They have a back-up time of four hours.
 
This is how they work: the cells trap solar energy from sunlight, available in sufficient quantity. This is then converted into electricity and stored in an installed ‘battery bank’, for use even at night. Interestingly, the batteries provided by NEDA are charged in the schools by the AC electricity supply whenever the conventional mode of power is available.

Each unit of the solar photo-voltaic system costs nearly Rs. 52,800. NEDA is keen on installing more such power-generating systems in schools, provided the government is able to afford the high cost of solar photo voltaic systems.

“The success of the Lakhimpur Khiri project has bolstered our confidence to supply more units to other schools and even institutions of higher learning in the state,” a senior official who declined to be named, commented.


Advertisement
more from India

Don’t blame us for Cong-NCP split: Sonia

The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra was not broken by Rahul Gandhi, said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while responding to allegations by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved