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Coimbatore Corporation to tap solar energy to power its offices

According to reports, after cancelling its plants to tap solar energy to produce 200kW power, the Corporation is mooting a fresh proposal to tap solar power to generate 50kW electricity.

According to sources, the Corporation had planned to install the panels atop the JNNURM building at its main office in Town Hall.

The power generated would not be supplied to the grid but used directly by the civic body for its main office consumption.

The quantum of power decided — 50kW — was more or less what the main office consumed. The Corporation had called for tenders from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy-approved contractors. Three persons had responded so far.

After the last date, the Corporation would choose the right contractor, who would also be responsible for securing the 30 per cent subsidy.

The sources said that the 50kW plant would cost the Corporation Rs. 55 — Rs. 60 lakh. Likewise, the Corporation had planned to power its five zonal offices with solar panels, to produce 7.5kW electricity a zone office.

It had completed installation of the solar panels on the north, east and west zone offices. It was working on installing the solar panels on central and south zonal offices. Once completed, those offices would also be off the grid. The sources said that the move to install solar panels was part of the efforts to go green and also reduce the expenditure on power.

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