Tata Power installs solar powered street lights in villages around its Maithon power project in Jharkhand
Thursday, Jul 11, 2013
In line with its continuous efforts to improve quality of life of its communities, Maithon Power Limited (MPL), a 74:26 joint venture company of Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation has successfully installed special solar-powered street lights in villages around the Maithon power plant.
A total of 60 solar-powered street lights were installed at the common places on the peripheral villages of MPL where there was complete darkness. The locations for installation were selected from nearby villages in discussion with sarpanchs and community members to map their needs. A joint meeting was called by the local R&R committee, sarpanchs, local opinion leaders and villagers to decide upon the location finalisation. After signing by the local villagers, requests with the list of locations were then given to the MPL team for execution.
Speaking about the initiative, Bhaskar Sarkar CEO-MPL said, “MPL is committed to the welfare of its communities and shall continue to endeavour to be a neighbour of choice. We as a Tata Power group company encourage the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power and these measures are a step forward towards achieving a greener environment. It’s also our constant endeavour to enable youth of our community to progress and have a bright future.”
During the installation of the street lights, few local youth were identified from the community and were given know-how on the technicalities of the street lights by Tata Power Solar Systems technicians. These local youth from the neighbouring villages took active participation in installation of the street lights. They are now trained enough to be engaged in maintenance of these solar lights as a vocation or even to join other solar system companies for installation work.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, station head-MPL, added, “This is a unique and innovative initiative that MPL has undertaken and is also a part of our sustainability agenda. We believe in making solar energy accessible and affordable to everyone, especially those who do not have access to electricity. With these installations, we plan to light up the common areas in the peripheral villages with natural, sustainable and alternate source of energy.”
Acute load shedding in the villages around the plant was leading to a lot of inconvenience to the villagers. Though almost all the villages under the Block of Nirsa are electrified but all the street and common places remain un-illuminated during the night. Common area lighting was one of the needs identified and based on the repeated requests from the community, sarpanchs, R&R committee, village opinion leaders and political leaders in forums, the solar street light project for common area lighting was planned and executed by MPL.