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Web Exclusive | May 2013

College in Vizag sets up solar panel to beat power cuts

Power shortfall has prompted ITI students in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh to find a solution from solar power. Plagued by frequent power outages that hinder their studying, students of the regional government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in the Araku valley, a popular tourist destination in Visakhapatnam district, have found a way out.

The students are tapping solar energy to make up for the shortfall. The ITI authorities in association with some local industries have installed 5 kwh solar panels on the roof of the administrative office of the ITI to tap solar energy. Four panels of 250 kwh have been set up on the building. Five arms are connected in a series with a capacity of 5 kwh.

The project was set up with World Bank aid. P Purnachandra Rao, the proprietor of Eastern Chemicals near Vizianagaram, is involved in the programme as he is the chairman of the institute management committee. A number of local industries are assisting the ITI and also Gayatri Vidya Parishad. It is the first ITI in the region and the second in the State to install solar panels and tap solar energy. It is creating awareness about solar energy among the students and the general public in the region, he said.

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