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Rooftop solar power to help Vadodara civic body cut electricity bills

According to reports, eyeing savings in energy bills and promotion of green energy, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is planning installation of solar panels on its buildings to generate power. The civic body is also in the process of replacing conventional tube lights for streetlights in the city with LED fittings.

The VMC had begun experimenting with LED lightings since last year and had mooted a plan to install these across the city. It has now decided to replace 45,000 tube lights used to illuminate internal roads in the city with LED lights. A proposal in this regard was cleared by the standing committee recently.

While the replacement of streetlights might be a gradual process, the VMC has decided to use LED fittings in its own premises. “This would apply both to the Khanderao Market headquarters and other premises,” said a senior official.

The proposal to install rooftop solar plants at VMC’s premises has been made in the draft budget presented by VMC commissioner Manish Bhardwaj. The project is much on the lines of the state government to generate power. It has been proposed that the civic body should earmark Rs 2 crore for the project. The VMC hopes to save on its power bills by using the electricity in its own premises.

“There is a lot of roof space available at various buildings of the civic body. This is unused and can be used to install slower panels with power plants. Besides our own budgetary allocation, there is scope for grants flowing in for such a project,” said an official.

The VMC is also replacing traffic signals that so far used conventional filament bulbs with those using LED lights. This has already been done at select locations in the city.

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