The West Bengal government will bring 1000 educational institutions under solar electrification programme in near future, state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay has said. Solar panels have already been set up on rooftops of 1200 educational institutions, said Chattopadhyay, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Resources minister.
"These 1200 panels are producing 5 kilowatts to 20 kW electricity. Such solar panels will now be installed in 1000 more educational institutions within a year," Chattopadhyay told reporters on the sidelines of a programme here Tuesday.
A total of 21-megawatt power is now being produced via solar panels for use of those educational institutions, he said. Chattopadhyay said his department was also setting up two pumped storage projects of 1000 MW 900 MW, harnessing hydel power, in different parts of Ayodhya Hills in Purulia district. When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power in 2011, there were only 85 lakh households using non-conventional electricity, which has now reached 1.85 crores, he said.
(With inputs from agencies.)