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IOC launches solar lamps in State

By Staff Reporter

SANTIPUR (KAMRUP), March 17 � Now with its major thrust on harnessing wind, solar, and nuclear power in addition to petroleum so as to get itself converted into an energy company, the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) on Wednesday launched its solar lamps for the first time in the North East here at Santipur village.

A Pandian, General Manager, North East Integrated State Office, IOC, after launching the solar lamps that will provide illumination for as long as six hours after full charge, said that the initiative was in line with the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission launched by the Government of India last year and the Assam Government�s aim at taking solar lighting to the rural masses.

Apart from direct marketing of the lamps through its vast network of petrol pumps and LPG distributors in the region, the IOC has tied up with SBI for microfinance to self-help-groups (SHG) to sell the lamps. The solar lanterns will be introduced in all States of the North East. Already the solar lanterns have been introduced in Orissa and Karnataka.

Later, talking to media persons, Pandian said that the IOC had plans to add mobile chargers and FM radio to its solar lanterns.

He added that the IOC�s effort at solar lighting was a step in the right direction for a sustainable source of energy and the company would identify places in the region where its solar lighting could be of use.

Pandian, while referring to the company�s performance in the region, assured that the LPG shortage which regularly hits the State would be addressed from April as the company has concentrated on enhancing the capacity of its existing bottling plants.

He said that investment of the company in the State has increased for quality improvement of its refineries and other assets.

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IOC launches solar lamps in State

SANTIPUR (KAMRUP), March 17 � Now with its major thrust on harnessing wind, solar, and nuclear power in addition to petroleum so as to get itself converted into an energy company, the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) on Wednesday launched its solar lamps for the first time in the North East here at Santipur village.

A Pandian, General Manager, North East Integrated State Office, IOC, after launching the solar lamps that will provide illumination for as long as six hours after full charge, said that the initiative was in line with the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission launched by the Government of India last year and the Assam Government�s aim at taking solar lighting to the rural masses.

Apart from direct marketing of the lamps through its vast network of petrol pumps and LPG distributors in the region, the IOC has tied up with SBI for microfinance to self-help-groups (SHG) to sell the lamps. The solar lanterns will be introduced in all States of the North East. Already the solar lanterns have been introduced in Orissa and Karnataka.

Later, talking to media persons, Pandian said that the IOC had plans to add mobile chargers and FM radio to its solar lanterns.

He added that the IOC�s effort at solar lighting was a step in the right direction for a sustainable source of energy and the company would identify places in the region where its solar lighting could be of use.

Pandian, while referring to the company�s performance in the region, assured that the LPG shortage which regularly hits the State would be addressed from April as the company has concentrated on enhancing the capacity of its existing bottling plants.

He said that investment of the company in the State has increased for quality improvement of its refineries and other assets.