The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has achieved 112% target in Fatehgarh Sahib district by installing 279 biogas plants against the target of 250. Besides, it has also installed 15,250-litre capacity solar water heating systems.
According to local PEDA officials, the agency had surpassed the target by installing biogas plants in five blocks of the district. Besides, R22.3 lakh was disbursed to the beneficiaries of biogas plants as a subsidy. While R8,000 is being provided for installation of each biogas plant and extra R1,000 is given if domestic latrine is attached with the plant. In Amloh, 84 biogas plants have been installed, 77 in Sirhind, 59 in Khamano, 36 in Bassi Pathana and 23 in Khera block.
Other than this, solar water heating systems of 15,250-litre capacity have been installed in the district, which include 10 heating systems of 10,000-litre capacity in the hostels of Desh Bhagat University at Mandi Gobindgarh.
The PEDA installs two types of solar water heating systems. While R6,600 subsidy per 100 litre is being provided for 'Flat Plate Collector System', R4,500 per 100 litre subsidy is being given for 'ETC System' to beneficiaries.
Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner Arun Sekhri said the district administration has been organising exhibitions to promote the use of non-conventional energy. He said more publicity is required through different mediums to make people aware of non-conventional energy.
Suresh Goel, district manager, PEDA, said the department had held exhibitions at Chourwala, Nandpur Kalaur, Khamano, Farour village and Fatehgarh Sahib to create awareness among people about biogas plants and other initiatives of PEDA.