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10k schools to be solar-powered in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is planning to make 10,000 schools functional on solar energy in the state.

The proposed project will be implemented in the schools having eco-clubs, said Energy Minister Prafulla Kumar Mallick.

Attending a programme at Jayadev Bhawan on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day here on Thursday, the minister said that several programmes are being launched to make people aware of preserving the energy and usage of green energy.

Currently, there are 66 lakh electricity consumers in the state. The target is to increase the electricity consumers’ number to 1 crore in next two years, Mallick said.

The power consumption has declined by installing LED lights in various cities in the state, he added.

Notably, there is also plan to run all the government office buildings on solar power to reduce consumption of hydro and thermal power.