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Coimbatore Solar City Project: final plan to be ready soon

According to reports, the final Solar City Project plan the Coimbatore Corporation will submit to the State Government will be ready by July. This revised plan would incorporate the latest figures as at the last meeting the data relied upon for preparing the road map was inaccurate.

Sharing the details, Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy said that at the last meeting, held a few days ago, the TANGEDCO officials had told the agency employed for the purpose, ICLEI, that the baseline data it had mentioned in the report cited electricity consumption figures that were not the latest.

The officials said so based on the usage figures that had compiled for domestic, commercial and industrial establishments.

Mr. Ponnusamy also said that the TANGEDCO officials said that agency had not taken into account the transmission loss.

ICLEI agreed to incorporate the latest details, convene another stakeholders meeting and then submit the report. By the time the Corporation submitted the report to the government it would be the end of July.

Ashish Verma, Senior Project Officer, ICLEI South Asia, said that the plan was to bring down the consumption by 482 million units in five years.

The final draft would present the road map for achieving the target.

The Corporation, though was not concerned with power distribution or supply, was concerned with the project on two counts – as major consumer of power in the city and as a body that was closely linked with the city’s residents.

On this count, the final plan would suggest ways how the Corporation could reduce its consumption and also play a role in creating awareness among the resident.

He said that the TANGEDCO was also a part of the project.

The Corporation had already initiated a number of energy conservation measures like carrying out energy audit of its bore wells and pump sets, installing windmills, using CFL and LED bulbs.

The Solar City Project is an initiative of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Resources and Coimbatore is one of the 50-plus cities selected across the country and the only one to be selected from Tamil Nadu.

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