DWMA looks to tap into solar power in AP

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The District Water Management Agency (DWMA) is looking to link Indira Jala Prabha with solar power in the state. The water agency has drawn its plan to provide solar power to two blocks in Nuzvid under Indira Jala Prabha with a view to generate high energisation costs. The agency has already sent proposals to the government to launch the project.

The agency has been mulling about the project, as cost of providing conventional energy via bore well, erection of poles, transmission lines etc. exceeded Rs 0.3 million in some of the agricultural lands developed under the Indira Jala Prabha.

V. Hanuma Naik, project director, DWMA said. “Each 5 HP pumpset will require 5kv solar power set. The solar power was best available option. The fallow, uncultivable and barren lands were being provided irrigation facilities under the Indira Jala Prabha scheme. Many SC, ST families would benefit out of it if the proposals materialised.”

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The State Government has sanctioned permission to the DWMA to develop 11,000 acres in the district. As many as 93 blocks will be developed under the Jala Prabha scheme. Each block consists of 5 to 10 acres. On an average, each block contains 8 acres. The government is spending about Rs 0.2 million to develop each block, which have been provided with conventional energy.

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