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4,800 consumers in Kerala to get solar inverters, lamps

According to reports, the state electricity board on Saturday announced the list of winners in the power conservation drive it launched last year as part of increasing public awareness on need for prudent use of electricity.

The board will present solar inverters as bumper prize to 50 consumers who enrolled in the Labha Prabha campaign and brought down their power consumption substantially from March 23, 2013 to May 31, 2013. Though the board had earlier planned to give away 1-kw solar plant as bumper prize, the same was later changed into solar inverters as there was much delay in obtaining government subsidy for the solar power units.

According to KSEB, as many as 4,500 consumers who were able to make significant reduction in their power consumption during the campaign period would be presented solar lamps. The list of winners has been published on the board website,, and the prizes will be given away by the month-end.

The board has published a list of 4,800 consumers, of whom 50 would get solar inverters and 4,500 solar lamps. As many as 250 are in the reserve list as there could be elimination of names during the electrical section-wise inspection being carried out to corroborate the claims on reduction in power consumption.

The board will also present CFL lamps to consumers whose collective efforts had helped them to claim no-loadshedding facility during the height of power constraints last summer. The average bi-monthly consumption of the registered consumers, both before and after the energy conservation campaign period, was taken into account by the board while choosing the winners.

According to board statistics, at least 20,000 units of electricity were saved every day during the campaign period. The total energy savings during the period was over 12 lakh units. Besides, the no-loadshedding campaign helped the board to save around nine lakh units.

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