JK Installs Only 27 Percent of 5500 Solar Street Lights Sanctioned by Centre

However, the state government has been able to install only 1490 solar street lights in various parts of the state. According to reports, the government has not given the reasons why despite receiving more than five thousand street lights, it has only been able to install mere 1490.

Jammu and Kashmir Solar Energy Policy

The Jammu and Kashmir Government has till date installed 1490 Solar Street Lights (SSLs) in the state as against 5500 SSLs sanctioned by the central government.

The Kashmir News Service reported, the Mehboola led PDP Government has received around 5500 so­lar lights that were ought to be installed on vital road links in Jammu and Kashmir. These SSLs were issued by the government of India under Prime Minister’s development package and were aimed to save electricity, the paucity of which is already hitting the state hard.

However, the state government has been able to install only 1490 solar street lights in various parts of the state. According to reports, the government has not given the reasons why despite receiving more than five thousand street lights, it has only been able to install mere 1490.

Pertinently, Solar street lights are raised outdoor light sources, which are powered by PV (photovoltaic) panels. These panels are mounted on the lighting structure or connected in the pole. PV panels have a rechargeable battery, providing power to the fluorescent or LED lamp during the entire night.

Most of the solar panels automatically sense outdoor light through a light source. These can give off light on successive nights even when the sun’s energy is not available for many days.

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