The hike in power tariff and the limit on LPG cylinders have proved to be beneficial for Punjab Energy Development Authority(PEDA) to sell their solar products,which are steadily becoming popular among the masses,especially in rural areas.
PEDA has been asking villagers to move away from LPG and switch to biogas plants and on the first day of the Solar Mela held on Friday at Mini Secretariat booked more than 20 biogas plant orders. In addition,around 75 villages have asked PEDA to replace their street lights with solar lights to reduce power bills. PEDA GM,Anupam Nanda said: Even industrialists are now demanding solar lights.
So far PEDA has installed a biogas plant in 972 Ludhiana villages,but the 30 per cent subsidy on the project was not going down well with the villagers till the announcement of limits on LPG cylinders. ADC(D) Rishipal Singh said: The cost of a biogas plant is Rs 25,000 out of which we give a Rs 8,000 subsidy. Anyone who is has two to three animals can get this plant installed and can reduce their LPG bills to nill.
Urbanites,however,are yet to adopt solar technology in a big way with only 600 families opting for solar heaters. Many private companies are coming out with cheap and poor quality products due to which the product is not gaining much popularity among residents. But today,we got enough inquiries because now power bill really irks the residents, Nanda said.
Small 1KW solar power plants are also gaining popularity as they can reduce power bills by 30 to 40 per cent, he added.