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As many as 649 government schools in remote areas of Chhattisgarh have been electrified through solar energy.

“Electrification of government schools in remote areas of the state through solar energy, being done by Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA), is going on at a good pace,” an energy department official said today.

So far atleast 649 schools have been covered under the project against the target of 1,561 schools, he said.

Of the 649 schools, CREDA has set up solar power plants in 490 while ensured supply connectivity in 159 schools where solar power plants were already established, he added.

The total cost to supply power in 1,561 schools through solar energy has been estimated at around Rs 45.98 crore of which so far Rs 8.18 crore have been spent by CREDA, he said.

Besides, a proposal of Rs 37.80 crore has been sent to Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyaan office here for the electrification of remaining schools, the official said.