An Indian village full of solar cookers
Tuesday, 11 January 2005 03:09
TIRUPATI, JAN. 6. Here is a bright little village in Andhra Pradesh that is all solar and smoke-free — the first of its kind in the country.
Bysanivaripalle, 125 km northwest of Tirupati, has 36 families. Their main means of livelihood is sericulture (silk cocoons). The eco-conscious residents of the electrified village went in for the first biogas plant in the region two decades ago. The officials of the Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP) did not need to put in much effort to motivate them to go solar.
Intersol, an Austrian non-governmental organisation, sponsored the provision of "Sk-14" cookers here last year. Gadhia Solar, a Valsad-based environmental body that imports, supplies and installs them, executed the job. It is the single largest cluster of cookers that Gadhia Solar has installed anywhere. A group of schoolchildren from Austria visited the village last year to witness the project."
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