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Kozhikode Corporation to install LED streetlights

According to reports, in a bid to reduce power consumption, the Kozhikode corporation authorities have decided to install LED lights.

The civic body is considering two separate proposals comprising installation of LED lights and solar-powered LED lights in its limit on an experimental basis.

The decision was taken in the wake of suggestion put forth by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) when the civic body approached them to entrust the work on the introduction of metering facility for streetlights.

A comparative study on alternative power sources done by V S Ramachandran, director of Regional Science Centre and Planetarium and Varghese Mathew, department of physics, Malabar Christian College on the basis of an order from the Lok Adalat district Labour judge S H Panchapakesan had also recommended solar-powered LED lights on its streets in the corporation to reduce the energy consumption.

The corporation will install 100-LED lights on an experimental basis on the Meenchanda – Feroke stretch. The civic body has also envisaged another proposal to install solar powered LED lights at Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer Road and at YMCA Road.

A sum of Rs 30 lakh has been earmarked for the materialisation of the proposals in the budget for 2013-2014.

According to corporation officials, around Rs 45 lakh per month is needed to pay the electricity charges of streetlights in the 13 electrical circles after KSEB hiked the electricity charge.

The electricity charge of the civic body was around Rs 15 lakh prior to the power tariff hike.

M Mohanan, Public Works Standing Committee chairman said that the civic body has decided to fix LED lights considering the energy savings it would bring in.

“The civic body hopes to reduce the electricity bill with the installation of metering facility for streetlights as well as the installation of LED and solar-powered LED lights. At present the bill is paid on the basis of number of lights in the corporation limit and not on the basis of consumption of electricity,” he said. “The proposal will be gradually expanded to other corporation areas on the basis of success of the project,” he said.

V S Ramachandran, director of Regional Science Centre and Planetarium, one among the two member team who carried out a study on alternative energy sources last month, said they have recommended solar-powered LED lights instead of sodium vapour lamps to reduce power consumption.

‘”A single sodium vapour lamp needs 200 W of electricity per hour whereas a solar-powered LED light needs only 24W to illuminate an hour. The civic body has 2,000 sodium-powered LED lights and they could able to save huge amount by installing solar-powered LED lights,” Ramachandran said.

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