Two solar power plants (100 Kwp) were commissioned at Chetlat and Amini islands in Lakshadweep. According to the news report, this eco-friendly venture was very much needed.
Apart from substantial fuel savings up to three lakh litres per year, the projects are expected to ease the problems faced in transportation and storage of diesel, besides safeguarding the fragile ecology of the coral islands hitherto threatened by the use of diesel.
These solar plants cater to about 15% of Lakshadweep’s energy demand. Previously, the Lakshadweep islands were powered by Diesel generator sets transported from Kochi in Kerala. Running the generators not only induced air and noise pollution, but transporting diesel to the island from the mainland was costly. These were some of the reasons that prompted the Union Territory’s administration to opt for solar power.