Perabe GP taps sun for energy needs

Perabe GP taps sun for energy needs

Perabe Gram Panchayat in Puttur taluk has provided lighting facility to the houses of some poor villagers at Delpady Colony, under its jurisdiction, using solar energy with the assistance of Puttur Rotary Club under ‘Rotary Belaku’ scheme.

The two bulbs, powered by solar energy, burn bright lighting up the houses in the colony at night. When Deccan Herald visited the interior parts of the Perabe gram panchayat, the villagers proudly displayed the solar panels they had installed over their houses. 

The gram panchayat held a consultative meeting of the villagers and Sri Kshetra
Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) and formed a ‘Soura Deepa Anushthana Samithi’ under the chairmanship of Yamuna S Rai to make all the households self-sufficient using solar energy and also to become self-reliant in energy production at a time when load shedding has become order of the day. With the committee’s effort, 20 families, which did not have electricity connection in the colony, were given two bulbs and one plug point using the solar panel at an estimated cost of Rs.1.50 lakh by the Puttur Rotary Club.

The Puttur City Rotary (Club) has come forward to distribute 25 solar lamps to the poor beneficiaries within 10 days. Already, 150 households have installed solar panels to tap solar energy. Through the committee, solar units have been installed in 52 households. Rai said 969 households need to be covered under the solar project.

Rai said, “The SKDRDP official has promised us to provide a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 each for all those who wish to install solar panels. Apart from this, even SELCO Solar also has announced Rs 1,000 discount for those who install solar panels along with three years of maintenance. Looking at the initiative of the gram panchayat, the Krishika Bharathi Cooperative, New Delhi, has promised to give Rs 25,000 to the committee to utilise it for its initiative.”

Perabe gram panchayat President Baby C Patali said the gram panchayat has resolved to provide Rs 3,000 for  SC/ST   families. “We are trying to implement the project by mobilising funds from various sources to ensure that the beneficiaries are not burdened much,” she said.

The houses of 40 endosulfan victims in the gram panchayat, who are bed-ridden, need to be lit up by harnessing solar energy. At the same time, the committee wants to instal solar panels on the gram panchayat building to ensure that the work becomes hassle-free even at the time of load shedding too.

Prema, a resident of Delpady Colony, said, “The solar panel on the roof has brightened the house during night. With the bulbs burning at night, I am able to step out of the house at night time. My son Avinash is now able to listen to music and also study at night.”

Sajida, another resident, said she is able to step out of darkness at night now. For Nalini, who also uses a fan, says “I can roll beedis even at night. Earlier, I could not roll beedis at night without electricity. Now, I roll beedis till 10 pm to supplement the family income.”
Farmers like Babu Gowda of Kantarumajalu have embraced the new technology that powers their life. He has installed four solar panels. He runs pumpset to irrigate the farm land, uses grinder, TV, fans and lights.  By mobilising funds, the implementation committee, along with the gram panchayat, wants to make the village a ‘solar village’ by March 2016.

ZP CEO P I Sreevidya said, “It is a good move by the gram panchayat. The funds under 14th Finance Commission can be utilised for lighting the streetlights using solar panels in colonies.”

Jana Shikshana Trust Director Sheena Shetty said, “The Zilla Panchayat and the district administration need to support this initiative  in harnessing solar energy for lighting the houses (of the villagers).”

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