Thiruvananthapuram: ANERT (Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology) is all set to distribute solar lanterns for flood victims for free. The move comes after a request from Malappuram district administration.
The Malappuram district administration has been unable to completely restore the power supply to flood affected areas. It is in this situation that the officials are planning to distribute free solar lanterns.
The first vehicle carrying a load of solar lanterns left Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. The vehicle was flagged off at the ANERT by director Amit Meena IAS at the office premises.
“As a first instalment, ANERT will hand over 100 solar lanterns to the Malappuram district administration. Following this, steps will be taken to hand over more lanterns as per request,” said Amit Meena.
Each solar lantern, that has a 10-watt solar panel and 5-watt led light, coasts Rs 2,200. With a full day of sunlight, the lantern can be operated for a maximum of four hours. The light unit including solar panel has a five-year warranty while the batter has two-year warranty. The solar lanterns can be shifted to different locations easily.