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Solar panels power a section of Tiruchi District Central Library

According to reports, in a bid to conserve electricity, the district central library has begun the use of solar panels to power a section of the premises.

“Solar panels with 5kV capacity have been installed on the roof of the library building, at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh sanctioned by the government. “The panels absorb solar energy and store it in batteries, thereby ensuring that electricity is available even after sunset,” said P. Sivakumar, District Library Officer. The electricity generated by the panels is used to provide power to the “dailies and periodicals” section of the library. Electricity is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The solar panels had been used on a trial basis for the past 20 days. Based on the success, the rest of the library would soon function on solar energy, Mr. Sivakumar added.

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