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The growing demand for electricity, decline in availability of non-renewable sources of energy and impact of global warming has led to Mysuru residents taking to solar projects in a big way. While the Mysuru City Corporation has delayed implementing many of its projects, private organizations are setting up solar units on their premises.
The renewable energy initiative under the solar city project, which was proposed in 2012 with the support of the Union ministry of new and renewable energy to develop Mysuru as a solar city by 2015, didn't really take off due to various reasons. MCC council opposition party leader JS Jagadish said MCC has failed in implementing the programme.
While MCC was dilly-dallying in implementing it, many private organizations have fitted solar energy units on their rooftops to generate power for their use as well as sell it to the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) for a profit.
Recently, multi-specialty Sigma Hospital at Saraswatipuram installed a 25kW solar power generation unit on its rooftop as did Kaliyuva Mane, a special school in Kenchalagudu village managed by an NGO. The Maharaja Institute of Technology (MIT) also set up a solar power generation unit and became the first educational institution in Mysuru to go solar.
Maharaja Education Trust president S Murali said as the institution received insufficient power from CESC, it decided to go solar to meet its power needs. Under the power purchase agreement (PPA) with CESC, it sells excess power to the grid at a fixed tariff of Rs 9.56 per unit for 25 years.
Sigma Hospital managing director S Gnan Shankar said the hospital is the first in the state to install solar panels on the rooftop, "By installing the solar unit, we've been able to reduce 100kg of carbon footprint per day. The hospital is eco-friendly and power self-reliant," he said.
Recently, Mysuru Industries Association general secretary Suresh Kumar Jain also wanted solar streetlights in Mysuru to save electricity.
When contacted, JnNURM executive engineer TS Sathya Murthy said MCC will launch a massive public awareness campaign from May to promote setting up solar units in residential units to generate power for households as well as sell it to CESC. "Solar units have been set up at Kuppanna and Cheluvamba park with 8kW capacity. Tenders have been called to set up solar units on MCC buildings in all seven zones and MUDA buildings. MCC has earmarked Rs 4 crore in the budget for this," Sathya Murthy said.
Mayor BL Byrappa said he has sought details from MCC commissioner CG Betsurmath regarding all the correspondence between MCC and government about the solar city project. "After examining them I'll decide how the project should be implemented," he said.
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