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Solar power to light up Prema Samajam

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This will enable us to save a lot on electricity bills, says president

Way to go:Prema Samajam president Kancharla Ramabrahmam looking at the solar photovoltaic cells atop the Samajam building in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. —photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Way to go:Prema Samajam president Kancharla Ramabrahmam looking at the solar photovoltaic cells atop the Samajam building in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. —photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Setting an example to the others and finding a solution to increasing power cuts, Prema Samajam, well-known for its service activities, has installed a solar power system.

A solar photovoltaic system with a capacity of 27.6 KW has been installed and linked to batteries for storing power and for use 24X7 by the Prema Samajam. The main beneficiaries will be 1,500 students who are getting free education at the Prema Samajam High School. Of them, SSC students will be facing public examinations soon.

Giving details, Prema Samajam president K. Ramabrahmam told reporters that while the cost of the SPV was Rs.50 lakh, another Rs.10 lakh was spent on replacing old wiring and energy efficient bulbs.

Of the amount Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy had already given approval for contributing Rs.25 lakh from his MPLADS fund and it was under process. A subsidy of 30 per cent, amounting to Rs.15 lakh, comes from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for installing solar lighting. Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman has promised Rs.20 lakh under corporate social responsibility and it is under process. The third unit of solar power will come up atop the Old Age Home which will be inaugurated by the Port Trust Chairman. It will have sensors that will detect human presence and illuminate thereby helping the aged a lot.

Mr. Ramabrahmam said the first phase of solar lighting on the main building would be inaugurated by Mr. Subbarami Reddy on Friday.

Biogas plant

He said the PV system was installed by Solarsis after studying a year’s power bills and the power use pattern during day and night. It is expected to save power bills between Rs.3.5 lakh to Rs.4 lakh a year. Besides it also has no carbon emission. Mr. Ramabrahmam expressed satisfaction at a charitable institution being able to harness solar power and said bigger institutions had larger capabilities to use it. He hoped in course of time Prema Samajam’s harnessing solar power would be visited by tourists who come to Visakhapatnam.

A biogas plant will be set up at the Gosala at the samajam with a cost of Rs.8 lakh that is expected to save around Rs.6 lakh a year being spent on LPG. A government subsidy of Rs.3 lakh will stand in good stead in its completion by March 31.

The high school was also proposed to be upgraded to a junior college with the Rs.2 crore funds from the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant under its CSR plans. Samajam secretary P. Ganapathi Rao, treasurer P. Visweswara Rao and joint secretary N.S. Raju were present.


  • Of the cost, Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy contributing Rs.25 lakh from his MPLADS fund

  • VPT has promised Rs.20 lakh under corporate social responsibility, he says



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