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Government may make solar lighting in houses mandatory

Powerful idea:Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje inspecting solar products at the inauguration of a solar production facility in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Powerful idea:Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje inspecting solar products at the inauguration of a solar production facility in Bangalore on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday said the government will consider suggestions to make installation of at least four solar lamps in houses mandatory in the State.

He was responding to various suggestions by K.L.H. Raya, Chief Executive of Deepa Solar Lighting Systems, Bangalore, at the inauguration of its new production facility here. Besides solar lights at residences, Mr. Raya had also suggested mandatory installation of bio-gas plants by dairy farmers, installation of LED lamps for streetlights and making use of solar energy for street lighting in villages.

Starting with GPs

Responding to these suggestions, Mr. Shettar said gram panchayats would be advised to use solar energy for street lighting.

Speaking earlier, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje said the government has been able to produce 2,200 MW of solar power out of the targeted 12,000 MW. Soon, 8,000 MW more would be added to the grid. The days of solar energy costs coming down are not far as it is now available at Rs. 8.5 a unit from the earlier Rs. 14.5 a unit, with improved technology, she said.

Housing Minister V. Somanna made a hurried exit at the beginning of the programme. Kottigepalya councillor S. Venkatesh Babu was present.

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