According to reports, the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) on Wednesday launched a 60KW solar power station set up at its headquarters, thus becoming one of the leading campaigners of green energy in the state.
With this, the second and third floors of GCDA headquarters at Kadavanthra will be completely lit utilising solar power, a move which would reduce its energy bills to almost half. Former judge of the Supreme Court Justice V R Krishna Iyer launched the station by switching on the solar cells at a function.
Krishna Iyer said the GCDA initiative can be emulated not only by state agencies, but also by the national agencies. “Nuclear never, solar ever: that was what I had written in support of solar power long back. The Kochi model of GCDA should be emulated by all government bodies, even at the national level,” he said. The Authority had earlier installed solar panels worth `80,000 in its garden on an experimental basis. GCDA chairman N Venugopal said in the next phase of the project, all equipment in the GCDA office, including energy intensive ACs and elevators, will be powered using solar cells. The solar power will be saved in 32 batteries. This is supposed to reduce dependency on diesel during power disruptions.
The GCDA claims to be able to save `60,000 each month from its `1.4 lakh energy bills per month by the use of these solar cells.
A Pune-based firm, Photonix India Ltd, and United Electricals Ltd, a public limited company under the state government, were entrusted with the installation of solar panels. Out of the `70 lakh, the Authority spent `49 lakh for setting up solar panels, batteries and transformer required for storing the energy generated and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has provided 30 per cent of the project cost.
Hibi Eden MLA, Corporation officials and GCDA executive committee members were present for the event.