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Self-help groups taught to handle solar device

According to reports, self-help groups (SHGs) have taken up myriad activities for improving the financial self-sustenance of its members. Soon, SHGs will be able to repair solar equipment as they are being provided training by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW).

After the state government unveiled its solar power policy, several private companies have set up shops to sell and repair solar power equipment. Availing of the subsidy for installing solar panels, several solar power systems have been installed on both commercial centres and residences.

The trained SHG members can make a living or augment income by repairing solar devices. TNCDW has partnered the Entrepreneurship Development Institute for imparting training to SHG members across the state. “The training would help them even to sell solar products. SHGs could become a one-stop shop for attending queries related to solar devices similar to the service offered by private players,” said R Komahan, training project officer, said.SHGs across the district are divided into groups for the three-week training session. On Monday, as many as 30 members from Manikandam, Anthanallur and Thiruverumbur in Trichy district attended the training given by officials from Everon Renewable Energy Solutions. From each block, 10 SHG heads are chosen who in turn will be giving training to the members.

EDI director Murugiah S, IAS, inspected the entire training along with the district collector Jayashree Muralidharan on Monday.

Murugiah posed several questions to the trainees. The top officials wanted the SHGs to benefit from the scheme, which would help them to boost their income.

The SHG members were thrilled to learn about the devices. “Seeing a light burn brightly for several hours with solar power is really special. Learning the technology has given me the confidence in selling the product to the masses,” said Devi S, a trainee from Anthanallur.

The programme is underway in all the districts across the state. It will be held in phases, said Murugiah.

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