According to reports, parks and walking tracks in Guntur are now being powered by solar lighting, as the Guntur Municipal Corporation has begun taking steps towards realising its goal of becoming a solar city in the next few years.
The Solar City project has been taken up by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to promote the use of renewable energy in growing towns and making them energy efficient.
Solar lights have been installed at five walking tracks at Gujjangundla, Housing Board Colony, Srinivasa Rao Thota, Nalla Cheruvu, and Sampath Nagar.
The combined installed capacity of these 160 lights is 10.4 KW, and each solar light has an input of 18 watt.
“We want the people to realise the effectiveness of solar lighting and also tap non renewable energy sources available. The GMC spent Rs.43 lakh on the project, and we are keen on achieving a low carbon city status and a solar city,” Municipal Commissioner K. Sudhakar said on Wednesday.
The GMC has already piloted a project by installing 400 LED lights on the main roads.
The Commissioner, along with members of Gujjangundla Residential Welfare Association, inspected the walking track at Gujjangundla, where solar lights have been installed.
The Non Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP) is giving a subsidy of 30 per cent or Rs.8 lakh, whichever is lowest, on installation of solar panels.
NEDCAP District Manager P. Srinivasa Rao said after installation of solar lights the GMC could save 40,000 KW.
“The life of a solar panel is 25 years and the battery life can be extended to eight years,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.
Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana would inaugurate the solar lighting at Gujjangundla on July 13.