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To: Shri Rajendra Shukla, Shri Ajay Vishnoi, Bhopal Municipal Corporation
Bhopal replace normal lamps with solar lamps-PETITION TO BHOPAL MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
Bhopal is in itself a greener city in compare to other major cities in Madhya Pradesh region and it should be as its the capital city. But for future sustainability we want to propose to replace Normal Street lamps with Solar Based street lamps. The lights themselves actually look fine - particularly on the Lakeside. But as far as energy efficiency is concerned, the Bhopal Beautification Project is leading to wasteful expenditure of electricity from fossil fuels. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation has so far spent a huge amount in installing as well as paying electric bills for these lamps.
We believe that this money could have rather been invested in installing undepletable source of energy (like solar plants) because its plentiful, widely distributed, clean, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions. Its high time for our civic body to realize the situation and implement some renewable technology, such that they can save a lot of fossil fuels as well as negative environmental impacts. Ways should be found out to make it cleaner and greener by powering it through solar energy so that further investment on them through paid electricity is not incurred.
To be precis, City-of-Lake's beautification drive must continue, but it should be done more wisely & judiciously.
Why is this important?
It’s found that these Street lights not only lack aesthetics, but are also redundant as these do not serve any purpose. The Normal street lamp uses Sodium Lamps, which are often prone to damage either by natural hazards or public demonstrations. Moreover, the recurring electricity charges of these lamps keep increasing every year, along with drain of most precious resource - electricity (from fossil fuels).
According to The Central Power Research Institute, Bhopal, consumption of electricity increases every year for the mere street lights due to ill maintenance and Energy Leakage.
Instead, the authorities must (at least) find ways to power these lamps using solar energy, such that they can save a lot of 'fossil fuels' as well as 'money on electric bills'.
In this era of high technology, where countries like US, China, Germany, etc. have a target to turn to maximum clean, green renewable energy by 2050, we are still lagging far behind extracting energy from non-renewable resources and leaving a 'harmful impact' on the environment.
Andhra Pradesh ‘Blazes’ ahead on Solar Plans:
The Andhra Pradesh plans to develop the state into a major solar hub in the country at a fast pace , with the government announcing the setting up of a Cluster of solar farms at Kadiri in Anantapur district, 5000 acres land have been enmarked in Kadiri which would now be referred to as the ‘Solar city’. Four companies, namely Hyderabad- based Lanco Solar and Titan Energy, and US- based Sun borne and AES Solar, have together pledged investments to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore to set up 2000 MW of solar- based power generation facilities in the solar city.
On the other hand, there is a huge opportunity for solar energy in India as we receive about 3000 hours of sunshine every year - equivalent to over 5000 trillion kWh! We can use this solar energy to provide a clean source of 'continuous electricity' to the 'entire nation'.
Many might worry that the high cost of these photovoltaic (PV) panels might hamper the mainstream entry of such devices. Nevertheless, non-stop research works in this field has reduced the prices of solar panels to a large extent. Moreover, China is offering good quality panels in Indian market at very competitive prices.
Renewable energy in India is a sector that is still underdeveloped and when everyone is talking of sustainable living by reducing energy spent, the civic body in our country is doing the opposite.
Use of energy efficient lamps like CFL, LED, T-5 fluorescent lamp, etc lead to enormous amount of energy savings which is estimated as 50 to 80%.
Electronic gears of conservation of energy like electronic ballast saves energy within the range of 10 to 20%.
Solar lighting systems such as Lanterns, Street Lights, Home Lights, etc. can be effectively used, especially in areas of where lighting is required for shorter duration. This will not only lead to energy conservation but also encourage use of non-conventional and environmental friendly energy system.