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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation eyes wind energy to cut power bill

According to reports, after installing solar panels atop some of the main zonal offices of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura, the AMC is now turning to wind energy.

With the AMC incurring electricity bills worth close to Rs 150 crore per annum, huge savings can be made by harnessing the wind and even biogas generated from the corporation’s sewage treatment plants. The AMC is planning to devise a policy to ease the use and transmission of power produced by renewable sources. The civic body will also apply for exemption from electricity duty. The AMC plans to harness wind energy using a windmill at an appropriate site to take care of the power requirement at the main office in Danapith.

But apart from cutting down electricity bills, the AMC has thought of power banking with the electricity produced from these windmills. Power banking is similar to banking with cash, only in this case wind power producers feed the state electricity grid and then draw that power for captive use within a year.

“In the peak season, wind energy is generated beyond the regular requirement and, hence, tapping such natural resource for energy and keeping it for use in lean months is the concept of power banking,” said an AMC official. “This concept cannot be reviewed on commercial terms.”

The proposal for wind farms has come up for approval to the standing committee of the AMC. When asked whether biogas plants at sewage farms would be harnessed for meeting power requirements, another senior AMC official said, “That would be subject to approval of plans and methodologies adopted. We have already earmarked a roadmap for biogas plants.”

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