According to reports, a United Nations team recently met officials of West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) to promote the use of solar water heaters, which would cut down on the use of geysers in winter.
The UN has already sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for awareness programmes in the city. Two factory units will be set up here to manufacture solar water heaters.
WBGEDC managing director S P Gon Chaudhuri said that the campaign to promote solar heaters would start soon. “We’ll put up posters, billboards and chalk out other campaign strategies. Leaflets will be distributed at hospitals and healthcare centres. This will be under the United Nations Development Programme,” he said.
Gon Chaudhuri said solar heaters are an excellent alternative to geysers. A geyser costs about Rs 4000 and using it for six months will incur electricity bill of about Rs 2,500. As geysers are generally not used in summer, the electricity bill for five years would touch Rs 12,500, calculated for six months geyser use. Adding the purchase price to it, this means using a geyser for five years will cost around Rs 16,500.” On the other hand, a solar heater may have an initial cost of Rs 13,000.
“One manufacturing unit will be set up near Ruby hospital and the other one in Asansol,” Gon Chaudhuri said.
WBGEDC has also been given the job of framing a scheme to hold campaigns on solar power and solar heaters in the northeast. “It is a prestigious project and it’s wonderful that we have been selected to frame schemes for the northeast states to promote solar power,” Gon Chaudhuri said.
Apart from solar heaters, WBGEDC is also trying to introduce more solar rooftop panels in multi-storey commercial highrises in the city.
As readers of Panchabuta might be aware, the first megawatt scale grid connected solar project in India, was a 2MW project set up by the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (WBGECL) in Asansol, West Bengal, out of which 1.2MW was commissioned on December 8,2009.
Also as readers of Panchabuta might be aware, the first big micro carbon credits success story in India is that of 15,000 users of Solar Water Heaters in India whose project was registered as a CDM project and CER sold. The CER’s amounting to 227,460 was bought at 20% Market Discount by RWE AG, Germany.