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Trichy Corporation inaugurates solar-powered building

According to reports, in a bid to promote renewable energy and also to set an example for other government buildings in the region, the Trichy corporation will be turning one of its building into a solar-powered one. The building was inaugurated on Friday.

The computerised tax collection centre, that is located inside the corporation premises, will be powered with solar energy. A three KW panels will be powering the entire building that has at least seven computers. The tax collection centre is mainly used by the people who seek services of the corporation for paying all types of taxes — property, water and land tax.

Aeon Renewable Energy is the firm in charged of installing the panels on the building terrace. Paneerselvam S, head of sales department, said the company has sent a proposal to implement in the corporations in the district. For the first phase, the project has been extended to Trichy, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli. The panel has been set up at an estimated cost of Rs 7 lakh. The 30% subsidy on renewable energy installations provided by the government is helpful people to switch to the concept, he added.

The corporation officials said the project is being taken up on a trial basis and if it becomes successful it might be implemented at all the other government buildings in town. City corporation engineer Chandran R said the building is now operated using solar power, and tests have been conducted on the amount of consumption and voltage fluctuations from the past one week. Except for the air-conditioners in the building, everything else would be functioning with solar power.

Although the state government’s ambitious plan of promoting renewable energy, especially solar energy, is just taking its baby step in Trichy, many of the corporation schools in Madurai and Chennai have successfully turned to solar power and are already benefiting from it.

Corporation authorities said budgetary allocation is in place for the scheme that was introduced this year, but they are yet to identify the best company to take over the project, which is expected to be implemented soon.

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