The Selco Foundation will install solar inverters in 40 selected Shuddha Ganga drinking water units installed across the state by the Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP).
In Dharmasthala, a contract for the annual maintenance of solar inverters was signed in the presence of Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade.
SKDRDP Executive Director Dr. LH Manjunath and Social Alpha CEO Manoj Kumar exchanged the agreement. The Selco Foundation will maintain the solar inverter free of charge for one year.
The cost of each inverter in the unit is Rs 6 lakh. Accordingly, a sum of Rs 2.40 billion will be spent on 40 Shuddha Ganga units, he said.
Veerendra Heggade said that Shuddha Ganga was dedicated to provide pure drinking water. The rural population must be made more aware of solar energy. Steps are being taken to use solar energy in the kitchen in the future.
Dr. LH Manjunath said that there are 321 Shuddha Ganga units in the state. 81,000 users currently draw 16.20,000 liters of water from these units every day.
An amount of Rs 6 crore is spent as the annual maintenance cost for these units. Spending on utility bills is around 1.14 billion rupees annually, he said. Now the Selco Foundation has decided to install solar inverters for 40 units and maintain them for a year free of charge.
Anil Kumar, COO of SKDRDP, Harish Hande, Chairman of the Selco Foundation, were among those in attendance.
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