Panchayat secretary K. Abu Faizal said: “We had consumed 1,047 units of power in February and March, which cost us Rs.8, 518. After installation of the solar panel, our consumption in April and May came down to 95 units, with a power bill of Rs. 762 only,” he said.
The panels were set up with the aid of World Bank at the cost of Rs. 8.8 lakhs.
The 6-kV solar panel can provide power to the offices of the assistant engineer, village extension, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and Kudumbasree.
The panchayat plans to extend the program and install solar panels in schools and other civic centres.