Changing the source of energy for an entire district is quite a task, and the Vizianagaram district is leading the way by becoming the first collectorate in Andhra Pradesh, to have made this landmark switch, and becoming completely powered by solar energy.
This is not the first time an entire village is relying on solar power. Read here, about how two villages in Andhra Pradesh relied exclusively on solar power back in 2016.
Around ₹ 93 lakhs went into making this solar dream a reality, thanks to which the collectorate will get rid of 110 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
“The initiative in Vizianagaram, is a benchmark for various government offices, and the collectorate is the first in the whole state, to now rely on a renewable energy source,” said the District Collector, Vivek Yadav, to the Times of India.
The project is ambitious. Around 160 KWC solar panels will be installed, generating a mammoth 19,200 units of energy, and will help the district save around ₹ 3,00,000 every month (18,900 units of consumption).
The other much more important benefit is that this move will increase reliance on a renewable source of energy which will give future generations a vital lesson to follow.
The district collectorate is setting other great examples as well. He has launched a drive urging women and child welfare authorities to put women’s and children’s health on top priority, and is laying emphasis on the need for 100% hospital deliveries.
He is determined to fight malnutrition, directing authorities to draw up a proper plan of action, to ensure malnutrition is abolished from the district, and has also directed department heads to focus on sanitation issues in the rural areas of the district, to prevent disease outbreaks.
The collector also arranged a three-day health management course for police personnel, to help them take care of their health and well-being, was conducted, and inaugurated by the Additional Superintendent of Vizianagaram, A Venkata Raman, who stated that the course would help police personnel deal with stress and mental trauma, which would help them to think clearly and act responsibly.
By switching to a renewable source of energy for the entire requirements of the collectorate, and making arrangements to ensure the proper mental health and well-being of cops, Vizianagaram is setting a stellar example for other districts, and one can only hope that they follow suit.