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Bhubaneswar ready for solar city project

According to reports, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will implement the Centre-sponsored solar city project here for promotion of renewable energy and its usage. Bhubaneswar is among 60 cities identified for it in the country.

On Friday, Iclei South Asia, a consultancy agency, which was entrusted by BMC to prepare a master plan for the project, sought the opinions of stakeholders at a meeting here.

Among the stakeholders are government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, resident welfare associations and voluntary organizations.

“Iclei asked the stakeholders to provide data on the electricity consumption in the city and the estimated carbon emission levels. Then it will prepare the master plan within six months,” BMC’s environment officer B K Routray said.

The consultancy agency will open its cell in the city to collect the data within three months.

The cost of the Rs 37.37 lakh project would be borne by the Union ministry of new and renewable energy ( MNRE), sources said.

“The solar city project aims at reducing at least 10 per cent of the projected demand of conventional energy through renewable energy installations,” corporator Sheikh Nizammudin said.

“It would promote solar devices like photovoltaic systems, solar water heating systems, solar cooking systems, solar steam generating systems, solar air-conditioning, among others,” he said. The project would be implemented by categorizing the buildings into residential apartments, commercial complexes, industries, individual houses, corporate establishments and buildings of the government, sources said.

Recently, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation launched environment-friendly LED street lighting system in some parts of the city to cut down on energy expenses by 40%. At present, the BMC is spending around Rs 5 crore on street lighting annually.

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