Indian Government Eyes Solar for Streetlights

August 19, 2004 [] India’s Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Shri Vilas Muttemwar informed the Lok Sabha, a branch of Parliament in India, that solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has the potential of meeting the power requirements of the road side advertisement displays and save conventional electricity for other purposes. The financial viability of the system depends on the size and type, and the site conditions he said. The government of the India state Andhra Pradesh recently issued an order to the Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Urban Development Authorities to make use of solar energy for advertising and streetlights. Shri Muttemwar further stated that the Central Government should organize a series of consultations with Municipal Corporations and Urban Development Authorities to develop a plan for wider use of solar PV in the cities. One consultation is planned for September 6, 2004.
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