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Unplugged, solar project at JP hosp

According to reports, a novel renewable energy project to provide solar power to JP hospital has been put on the back burner. This nearly completed project worth Rs 42 lakh got unplugged, when its contractor was blacklisted some six months ago. There’s been no progress to kick-start it.

Authorities at the civil hospital are awaiting start of the 25-KV installation, given the infamous history of blackouts during medical emergencies. The rooftop solar photovoltaic cells project a part of 92 such installation by Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) at the hospital costs an estimated Rs 20 crore.

“The project was tendered to a Delhi-based company which has since been blacklisted. A new tendering process is underway,” said an MPUVN official, and it would start by March 2014 for the project.

Sources say that no more than two dozen such projects off the 92 installations commissioned by MPUVN have starting generating solar power. The projects are sized according to hospital needs and space availability. They are partly funded by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

When successfully implemented the renewable energy derived from the sun’s rays will lead to lowering energy consumption in hospitals among many other usages.

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