Bihar: Solar power supply to government offices in Rajgir, Bodh Gaya, Vaishali and Patna from next year. Patna News

Patna: power supply Will start through solar energy at important tourist places of the state including mason, Bodh Gaya and Vaishali as well as government offices in Patna from 2024. Bihar has installed solar plants on 2,300 government buildings, while 8,000 more have been identified to fix the units.
This announcement was made by Principal Secretary (Energy). Sanjeev Hans In the discussion organized on Jal Jeevan Hariyali Divas celebrated at Vidyut Bhavan here on 7th March.
Speaking on the occasion, State Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said that solar power plants should be installed on school buildings so that their electricity needs can be met with solar energy only. Also, set up floating solar plants near the ponds being developed by the Water Resources Department in the state.
“The water resources and education departments can jointly create a green strategy. Both the departments have sufficient resources and space to install solar units. These steps will go a long way in saving electricity generated by burning fossil fuels and promoting green sustainable energy.
He said: “Government schools run during the day. The solar units will be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of the schools.”
Appreciating the ‘Jal Jeevan Hariyali’ programme, the Minister said: “The need for green energy has received historic attention worldwide and the whole world is debating the harmful effects of climate change and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Yes, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched ‘Jal Jeevan Hariyali’ way back in 2019 and included 15 departments in the program to save the deteriorating ecosystem.
Giving details of the work done in the solar energy sector, Hans said, “Solar plants with a capacity to generate 400 MW and 450 MW of power respectively have been set up at Kajra and Pirpainti in Bhagalpur, besides battery storage facilities at the Kajra unit which can store 25% of the energy produced during the day.
He said, ‘The work is being done to make important tourist places like Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Vaishali into solar cities. Patna’s three towns and government offices require 210MW. By next year, the work of meeting the electricity requirement through solar units will start.
He said that the plan to install solar units in ‘Chaur’ and canals is also underway.
Director, Jal Jeevan Hariyali Mission, Rahul Kumar said that more than 10 crore saplings have been planted in the state through the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. “We are working aggressively to meet the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 2030 and preparing ways to transition to net zero by 2070,” he added.
Director of Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (Breda) Mahendra Kumar said that in the next three years, 15 lakh solar lights will be installed in various panchayats of Bihar. “Expanding the solar energy footprint in Bihar is a win-win situation for the state, as the sky remains clear for almost 300 days. We are moving fast to expand our capacity.
Prabhakar, Managing Director, Uttar Bihar Vidyut Vitran Company Limited (NBPDCL), said that Bihar has achieved the milestone of installing 12.50 lakh Smart Prepaid Meters (SPM) in the state. “We have set a target of installing 36 lakh SPMs in rural areas and so far 30,000 smart meters have been installed,” he said.
Hailing the installation of SPM, the Power Minister said: “It was a major step towards rationalizing power consumption as well as reducing AT&C (Total Technical and Commercial) losses and power theft.”

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