The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) has started survey work to implement a project aimed at fitting solar panels on the rooftops of several correctional homes in the state.
The bid to make correctional homes more energy-efficient is part of the Mamata Banerjee regime’s emphasis on renewable energy and development of non-conventional energy, said officials, adding that the chief secretary had written to the correctional home departments asking them to implement the project as soon as possible.
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According to officials, a cumulative rooftop space of 1,47,51,485 square mts is available across 59 correctional homes. “In the first phase, solar panels would be set up in 5 correctional homes at Dum Dum, Alipore, Presidency Jail, Bankura and Purulia. The state power and non-conventional power departments have tied up with the correctional home department to smoothly implement the project,” said an official.
A solar plant with a capacity of 20 KVA each will be installed by the government on roofs of correctional homes, at a cost of Rs 14 lakh each. “The geographical position of correction homes will be taken into consideration. The solar monitoring cell will monitor the project,” added the official.