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It is now the city Corporation’s turn to spread the message of renewable energy to the residents. In a bid to save on the hefty power bills and to be a model for others, the civic body is planning to install solar panels on the Corporation building at Palayam.
The Corporation is in talks with Keltron, which has submitted a proposal with specifications for the rooftop grid interactive solar power system.
According to the proposal, there will be two sets of panels for the information technology (IT) block and the main building. For the IT block, a 100 kW power solar power system is being proposed. The main building will have a 40 kW power system.
The entire solar power system is expected to cost Rs.1.51 crore with the IT block system amounting to Rs.1.07 crore and the main building amounting to Rs.44 lakh.
The panel will cover around 800 square metre of roof span. There is a provision for a subsidy amount of Rs.42 lakh as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
An amount of Rs.20 lakh will be taken from the Corporation’s plan fund and the rest from the finance commission.
“The Corporation is opting for public-sector Keltron to avoid any controversy in the awarding of tenders. The steering committee met last week and decided to go ahead with the project. It could give us huge savings in the power bill. It also sends out a message to the public about renewable sources of energy. It is up to the government to subsidise solar power for the sake of the public, as the initial costs are a bit prohibitive,” said a Corporation official.
In talks with Keltron to install rooftop panels on its main building
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