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Go green, get subsidy on solar water heaters

Special Correspondent

Proposals from individual houses, apartment complexes to be routed through NEDCAP


Beneficiary has to pay Rs. 12,000 for a solar heating unit costing around Rs. 20,000

Another useful product about to be launched with subsidy is a solar lantern


VISAKHAPATNAM: Festive season marks arrival of winter and if you are planning to buy a water heater or geyser with a storage tank, just think twice before investing on a conventional one.

There is a windfall for individual house owners and apartment complexes for the first time from the Ministry of Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy in the form of subsidy on Solar Water Heating Systems. This will be routed through the Non-conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NEDCAP) to all those who plan to go ‘green' by investing in a domestic solar water heating system.

Every square metre of ETC Panel (evacuated tube collectors) installed would be given Rs.3,000 of subsidy and for the Flat Plate Collector model Rs.3,300 would be given as capital subsidy. Promotion of solar water heaters had become a problem following high initial investment and though it was made mandatory for apartment complexes for obtaining final clearance, for some time, this has been done away with.

The State Government issued a G.O. providing for the facility if the individuals, commercial complexes, residential apartment complexes and hotels informed the NEDCAP district manager's office in advance. “A proposal is sent to the department for advance approval and release the amount,” district manager P.V. Rama Raju told The Hindu.

A solar heating unit for an individual house with 100 litres capacity generally costs between Rs.18,000 and Rs.20,000 depending on model and comes with a 2 square metre solar panel. The beneficiary would be required to pay about Rs.12,000.

Visakhapatnam district has been given a quota of one lakh litres for the current financial year. Another useful product about to be launched with subsidy is a solar lantern with five Watt panel, six volts battery and three Watt LED bulb which is useful in the rural and tribal areas.

Energy Conservation Week was organised during the week and two winners B. Lalitha, 8 {+t} {+h} standard, of Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan and K. Bhargavi, 8 {+t} {+h} standard, of PEN School have been selected to represent the district at the State level competitions to be held on November 14 in Hyderabad.

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