As many as 14 police stations in the district lit up to solar energy, becoming fully solar-powered police stations on Friday.It may be mentioned here that solar power would electrify select police stations with the State police department deciding to use this renewable energy.
The department has identified 14 police stations in the district in which solar plants were installed to harness solar power to meet the energy requirements. The select police stations where this facility was put in place are: Yetapaka, Kunavaram, Chintur and Edugurallapalli in Chintur police subdivision, Y Ramavaram in Agency area and Tuni (general railway police) in sub-plan area and III Town Traffic Police Station, Prakash Nagar, Bommuru, Rajanagaram, Rajamahendravaram II Town, Dowleswaram, Kadiyam and Korukonda police stations under Rajamahendravaram urban police district.
Each police station would have 1.5 kilowatt solar panel in addition to inverter and batteries for the system to function. Solar power generated would be utilised to meet the day-to-day requirements of the station.Official sources told The Hans India that a sum of Rs 2.39 lakh was spent for putting in place the solar power plant in each police station. The project received a 30 per cent subsidy from Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and 20 per cent from New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).
When contacted, Chintur subdivision police officer P Sweta lauded the initiative. She hoped that the model initiative would trigger similar green energy initiatives and funding across the district.NREDCAP district manager G Satyanarayana said the objective behind this initiative is to harness solar power and reduce the electricity bills. He said that the solar panels have two-year warranty.