RR district Collectorate, hospitals to be equipped with solar panels

The sun will soon begin to illuminate the government area hospitals in the Ranga Reddy district, thanks to the solar power initiatives recently taken by the district administration and approved by the State government.

Also on the cards is the solar illumination of the Ranga Reddy district Collectorate complex located at Lakdikapul in the city.

All the four area hospitals in the district, located respectively in Tandur, Chevella, Vikarabad and Kondapur, will be installed with the solar power equipment soon, informed the Ranga Reddy district Collector A.Vani Prasad on Thursday.

Solar photovoltaic devices will be installed not only for lighting requirements, but also for heating of water, as the hospitals would need hot water for pregnant women at the time of deliveries.

“The buildings will not be completely dependent on the solar power, as the regular supply through discoms will still be there. As long as the sun lasts, the supply will be through solar panels, after which a battery backup of four to eight hours would still be there to face emergency blackouts,” informed Ms.Prasad, while informing that the government is keen on promoting solar power.

The estimated cost could be about Rs.3 lakh to Rs.5 lakh per hospital depending on the size of the premises and its lighting and water heating requirement. While the Tandur area hospital has already received the sanction from the government, the same is awaited for other hospitals, she said.

LED lighting

For the district Collectorate, the total cost of installation is estimated to be around Rs.15 lakh, which would be met totally from the internal funds, she informed. Also being considered is the option of LED lighting for select areas in the Collectorate.

As and when the existing bulbs are to be replaced, they will be replaced with LED clusters.

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation (NREDCAP) has already conducted energy audit of the buildings to arrive at the power requirements and the equipment needed. Proposals have been sent through NREDCAP for the sanction of 30 per cent Central government subsidy on the solar energy equipment as applicable to government buildings, Ms.Prasad informed.

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