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Guntur Municipal Corporation to have 8 more solar power systems

According to reports, the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is planing to set up some more solar energy systems in the city and identified eight places.

Officials said the tenders process for installing the systems will be completed soon.

The civic body has installed 145 watt solar panels at Sampathnagar, Gujjanagundla, Housing Board Colony, Srinmivasaraothota and Nallacheruvu parks at a cost of `35 lakh two months ago.

These panels are said to be functioning well.

Now, the civic authorities are planing to install solar panels atop the district collector’s office, corporation vehicle shed, compost yard and five municipal high schools in the city.

The civic body is paying nearly Rs 1 crore as electricity charges every month.

It is said that following the success of Operation Solar energy system at five parks in the city, the director of municipal administration, Hyderabad, has advised the corporation authorities to install similar systems to reduce electricity bills.

Speaking to Express, GMC Commissioner K Sudhakar said they are also planing to motivate the public to use solar energy.

The corporation authorities have announced incentives like property tax exemption for those who install solar energy systems at their houses.

The commissioner has also directed the corporation electricity department to study the feasibility of installing solar energy panels at residential colonies and main centres in the city.

NEDCAP and corporation authorities have decided to conduct a joint survey to select the locations.

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