March 12, 2015
Statewide solar project to start in WB today
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee had encouraged use of Green Energy in different spheres and had asked to use solar power in all government buildings. To keep pace with that, the West Bengal Government Environment Department and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will start installing solar photo voltaic (SPV) panels in 80 schools and 20 primary health centres across the state from today. The project will be launched in six venues in different districts.
The project will be executed by the West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC). It will take about a year to complete the project, including generating solar power from the SPV panels and putting it on the grid.
For the schools and health centres of Burdhaman, Birbhum and Bankura, the project will be launched from Rabindra Bhavan in Asansol. For East and West Midnapore, it will be launched from Mahishadal. For Howrah and Hooghly , the launch will be from Baluhati in Howrah. The project for Darjeeling will be inaugurated from Udayan Sangha Club ground in Hakimpra, Siliguri, and for Kolkata and North 24-Parganas, the programme will be inaugurated from Sarat Sadan, Behala, and Nazrul Mancha in Madhyamgram respectively .
Incidentally the West Bengal Government is soon going to introduce roof top solar power system, particularly for high-rise buildings. Moves are afoot to offer a subsidy/incentive of 20 per cent to users of solar power.