Even as people are facing severe hardships with power cuts and many industries are closing down due to the problem, there was no proper response on the use of solar energy in Krishna district.

According to official sources, there are about 13 lakh power connections in the district, of which 11 lakhs are domestic services. The demand was about 11.5 million units, but the supply was only 9.6 million units. Speaking to The Hindu, New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) District Manager K. Srinivas said the government was taking steps to solve power problem in the State. The Government of India had introduced a scheme to encourage solar energy and identified 179 channel partners across the country.

The NREDCAP would give permission for installing solar system with 200 watts capacity for domestic users and 250 kilo watts capacity for industries. The Government would give a subsidy of Rs. 21,600 for a Rs.54,000 project, and the customer could install the system by contacting the channel partners or bank officials, said the DM.