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    Solar power to lighten up Indo-Pak border

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    Solar powerFor the first time in India, floodlights at dozens of border posts and fencings along the international border adjoining Pakistan will run on solar energy from November 5. The pilot project is being operated by the Union home ministry at the border in Jaisalmer. Work of the 5MW solar power station has almost been completed. Apart from this, the Union government has approved solar power project of 10MW for power supply at BSF battalion headquarters situated in Ramgarh area of Jaisalmer. If the pilot project is successful then all the border posts situated at international borders of the country will be supplied solar power and solar projects will be set up in different phases. With this free power, the government can save crores of rupees spent every year on power and diesel used in generators. The Government of India enterprise Solar Energy Corporation of India is setting up this pilot project. The company will sell power for Rs 5.45 per unit and an agreement has been made for 25 years. The power project was set up with an estimated cost of Rs 6.45 crore and power generated from this plant will be supplied for lighting floodlights at all BSF border posts in Jaisalmer sector north. Senior official said that for saving money spent on power at border posts, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had directed to set up solar energy plant nearby border posts and PMO had sent a note to Union home ministry in this regard.

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