India to electrify seven SAARC villages

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New Delhi, Feb 1: India plans to electrify one village in each of the other seven SAARC countries through supply, installation and commissioning of solar home systems and solar street lighting systems.

These include about 2100 solar home lighting systems and 350 solar street lighting systems, officials said here. The SAARC Division of the External Affairs Ministry will initially conduct a survey and identify up to three villages in each member country. For each village surveyed, details about the total number of households, solar home systems and solar street lighting systems will be submitted to the External Affairs Ministry and the Indian Embassy or the High Commission in that country.

The Ministry will provide training to two technicians from each member country to maintain the systems after installation in their respective countries.

A Solar Home Lighting System (SHLS) is an outdoor lighting system which consists of an SPV model, a storage battery and two lighting units with compact fluoroscent lamps. It is expected to provide ''comfortable level of illumination'' for three to four hours a day.

The PV module of the SHLS will generally be mounted on the roof or ground in a manner to maximise incident sunlight throughout the day.

The Solar Street Lighting System (SSLS) consists of an SPV module, a storage battery and a compact fluoroscent lamp. The SPV module will be mounted on a pole installed in an open space. It will provide light throughout night and switch off automatically in the morning when sunlight falls on it.


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