In Leh, Army Cooks Food on Solar Energy

Jammu, India [Indo-Asian News Service] The Indian Army has taken up a unique initiative of saving fuel and protecting the environment by installing a solar cooking system at its transit camp at Leh in the cold desert region of Ladakh in the northernmost part of Jammu and Kashmir, where temperatures dip to minus 40 degrees Celsius during winter. The solar system, according to an army spokesman, will initially be used to cook food for 500 soldiers – or half a battalion strength. Prior to the installation of the solar systems, the army was using cooking gas and diesel to cook food. The new system saves at least 50 percent of fuel and would recover its cost in less than three years.
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