Odisha’s six lighthouses that have been
providing safe voyage to mariners and navigators since the British era, have
been solarised as part of a country-wide programme to power such establishments
with renewable energy.
The solarisation of lighthouses in Odisha
has come to an end. The lighthouses are now effectively functioning with solar
renewable energy and solarisation process has so far been hassle-free, bereft
of technical snags.
The lighthouses in Chandrabhaga, Puri
(Puri district), Gopalpur, Prayagi ((Ganjam district), False-point (Kendrapara
district) and Paradip (Jagatsinghpur district) have been solarised as per the
initiative by the union ministry of shipping. Solar energy system has been put
in place at the lighthouses to reduce carbon dioxide emission, according to
officials of Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships (DGLL).
The beam of light of a lighthouse covers
at least 18 km and maximum 36 km. And the generated renewable energy is able to
meet with each of the lighthouses’ daily power requirement, said officials.
Paradip lighthouse has been brought under
the solarisation project. At present we are able to generate one Kilo watt of
solar energy to meet with send beam light signal. The solar plant is being
further expanded, said head of Paradip lighthouse, B. K. Datta.
The lighthouses in Odisha were earlier
operating on the conventional source of energy like electricity and diesel
Generators. These have been replaced with solar energy as part of solarisation
plan of union shipping ministry. All of the six lighthouses have been be
powered by solar panels in a pollution control measure. The initiative has led
to the use of green energy for environment-friendly measure.
As the lighthouses are lying in close
proximity of serene sea beach, plans are afoot to develop these centres as
tourist destinations. Already beautification of the lighthouse sites has been
undertaken. As a result of which, there has been a marked increase in tourists’
footfall in all these six lighthouses in the state, observed officials of
Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships (DGLL).