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Haryana to involve panchayats in energy conservation

Written by: Staff

Chandigarh, June 29 (UNI) The Haryana government has earmarked a sum of Rs 3.90 crore during the current financial year to promote renewable energy and energy conserving devices under the Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP) by involving panchayats.

Disclosing this here today Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said that IREP was being implemented vigorously to encourage the people residing in the rural areas to adopt renewable energy technologies to meet their day-to-day requirement of cooking, heating, lighting and irrigation energy needs.

Mr Mohan said that for the IREP scheme as many as 38 clusters in 188 villages had been identified in the state, with two clusters in each district. He said under the programme a sum of Rs 3.92 crore had been incurred during the last fiscal year by providing solar lanterns to 1900 families, Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) home lighting system to 1236 families, besides 20,267 holder mounted compact flourescent lamps and dish type solar cookers to 300 families were also provided.

He said 283 families were provided box type solar cookers to meet their lighting and cooking energy needs. He said that with a view to conserve energy in the agriculture sector, 520 families of selected villages were also provided with energy efficient ISI marked electric motors of SPV home lighting systems.

To encourage non-conventional and renewable resources of energy, about 149 hamlets of Morni Block of Panchakula district had been identified, he said adding that the Morni hills scheme had been submitted to the Union Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources for approval.


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