DWMA to use solar power for pump sets in Andhra Pradesh - report
Nov 22, 2012 - India's District Water Management Agency (DWMA) intends to use solar power sources to power pump sets that irrigate lands in the state of Andhra Pradesh, daily Hindu Business Line reported today.
The DWMA has proposed to the state government to use solar power in two blocks of land, developed under the state's Indira Jala Prabha scheme, in Nuzvid to reduce high power costs. The cost of providing conventional energy topped INR 300,000 (USD 5,400/EUR 4,200) in some of the agricultural lands developed under the scheme, which is aimed at providing assured source of irrigation to fallow and uncultivable land to ensure sustainable and comprehensive land development, according to the daily.
DWMA has the state government's consent to develop 93 blocks of land totalling 11,000 acres (4,451 ha) in the district under the Jala Prabha scheme.