Power minister Piyush Goyal takes lead on switching to renewable energy

NEW DELHI: While India leads the global solar alliance of 120 nations, MPs, ministers and institutions alike are lining up to make hay while the sun shines. Power minister Piyush Goyal has taken the lead on switching to renewable energy back home. In Golavali village of Maharashtra — which he has adopted under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Goyal ensured uninterrupted power supply to three schools simply by switching to solar. The village also has 40 such green streetlights, backed by lithium ion batteries when the sun goes down. 

 "Streetlights run on full intensity from 6 pm to 10 pm. From 10 pm to 6 am, they switch to 50% intensity mode. This way more economy of power is ensured. Using lithium ion batteries has also helped as these can be charged even in diffused sunlight. The set-up at schools and lights has run well enough since July," officials from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) told ET. 

In Jharkhand's Bokaro, the scale is even larger, with 400 solar-backed streetlights installed and running after BJP MP Ravindra Kumar Pandey stepped in, also roping in the Power Finance Corporation. Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi is also said to be in talks for supply of solar lanterns in her constituency Pilibhit, while many MPs from eastern Uttar Pradesh have also approached the ministry of new & renewable energy (MNRE) and SECI for solar solutions.  

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