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OIL’s solar solution programme concludes

OIL officials distributing solar panels among the beneficiaries. – Photo: Doomdooma Correspondent
 DOOMDOOMA, March 18 - The OIL Urja Happy Home Solar Solution (UHHSS) programme, a CSR project of Oil India Limited, implemented by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts of Upper Assam, came to an end on March 15.

The concluding event of the programme was held at Zero Point near River Police Station of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu wherein 68 households of the anti-poaching camps under Tinsukia Wildlife Division were provided with the solar home lighting system and solar energy lanterns and improved biomass cook stoves.

Previously under the same programme, 286 households of Dholla Mirigaon were provided with happy home solar solutions.

The objective of the programme was to provide access to clean and affordable energy for domestic lighting and cooking through sustainable and inexhaustible low maintenance solar solutions.

The programme has helped in reducing indoor air pollution and the use of kerosene or firewood for cooking, provided adequate lighting facility to enable evening study for students, besides other benefits towards creating a clean energy solution at the household level.

The solar home system includes multiple LED lights, mobile charging points and other home appliances through a battery that can be recharged by using solar photovoltaic panels. The solar energy lanterns consist of a light-emitting diode (LED)-based portable lamp which is powered by small solar panel battery and as an ideal multipurpose solution of rural households.

These lanterns can be used for inhouse lighting and portable outdoor lights. These lights also recharge mobile phones. The improved biomass cooking stoves provided is an efficient devise consuming less biomass fuel and significantly reduces indoor air pollution through better combustion of biomass fuel.

The project also made effort to create village solar entrepreneurs through training and capacity-building. The concluding programme of the project held on Friday at the Zero Point of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu was attended by senior officials of OIL and IIE, officials of state Forest Department (Wildlife) and other beneficiaries of the project.

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