The Coimbatore Corporation is moving towards the status of a “Solar city”, which is aimed at reducing the conventional energy consumption by a minimum of 10 per cent at the end of five years, through a combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures. The initiative will get funding from the Centre.
The project planning and implementation is being closely monitored by Mayor S.M. Velusamy and Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy. A total of 60 cities and towns are selected for “Solar City” initiative and Coimbatore is the only city from Tamil Nadu. Cities with up to 50 lakh population are chosen for this project. Relaxation on the population criterion has been done for the thinly populated North Eastern and hill States.
A master plan for Solar City initiative is in the final stages. It has as the baseline the energy consumption during 2008 and forecasts the energy demand in 2013 and 2018. The plan will have sector-wise action plan for implementation of renewable energy projects so as to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Areas of energy consumption, avenues for efficiency, tapping renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydro and power from waste will be the top agenda of the solar city programme, says C. Sellakrishnan, Project coordinator for Solar City.