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Aditya Aluminium powers villages with solar lights

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In its bid to illuminate rural areas with solar-powered streetlights, Aditya Aluminium has come forward to provide electricity in two villages of Sambalpur district in Odisha

Solar Power stationBhubaneswar: In its bid to illuminate rural areas with solar-powered streetlights, Aditya Aluminium has come forward to provide electricity in two villages of Sambalpur district in Odisha.

As part of its peripheral development programs, the company’s CSR wing has installed the streetlights in Bhursipali and Bhalupatra villages under Jangla Gram Panchayat of Rengali Block in the district, and helped at least 150 people from 35 families.

The villagers said because of well-lit streets, people can move out at night without fear of being attacked by wild animals, students can read under the solar lamppost and people can recharge their cellphones.

The company has installed seven streetlights, each having a 75W panel, 75 AH battery, and 11W CFL, on a strong pole.

The installed panes have enough power to run the 11W CFL light for 11 hours, a company official said today.

The project was dedicated to the public by Bibhu Prasad Mishra, Chief Operating Officer of Aditya Aluminium recently, in the presence of Abhijit Basu, AVP (Human Resources) and other senior officials of the company.

“Five hours is the average ‘peak sunshine period’ in this area. A 10W panel will give about 50Wh of energy per day throughout the year. Due to high irradiation levels in these areas and more than 300 sunny days per year, solar is the best choice for clean energy,” said Abhijit Basu explaining the rationale for choosing Bhursipali and Bhalupatra villages over others for this project.

One benefit here is that the seasonal isolation variation is very less. Hence, the availability of adequate sunshine makes solar a viable source of energy, he said.

Though some families living below poverty line in these two villages have been provided electricity connections under various government schemes, there were no streetlights in Bhursipali and Bhalupatra, making it difficult for the villagers to venture outside their homes after dark, he said.

The local village committee has to spend just Rs 15 a month to run a streetlight, a company release said.

PTI

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