According to reports, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) will distribute 3,450 solar water heaters as the first step under the Model Solar City Project. The beneficiaries will get solar water heater with capacity of 125 litres per day for only Rs 7,400 as 50% subsidy will be funded by the Central government.
The NMC electrical department has completed the tendering process and selected three companies to provide the solar water heaters. The rate has been finalized at Rs 14,800 per unit. The NMC, with the help of funds sanctioned by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), will contribute the remaining 50% amount, benefiting 3,450 citizens.
The NMC electrical department has tabled the proposal before the standing committee, seeking approval for the price, companies and process to select the beneficiaries. The approval is likely to be given in the meeting to be held on February 5. According to the proposal, 345 beneficiaries each will be selected from the 10 zones. Applications will be invited zone-wise. In case more than 345 are applications are received from each zone, the beneficiaries will be selected through a lucky draw.
A senior NMC official told TOI that Rs 18.67 lakh were received from the government for the Model Solar City Project while additional Rs 1.92 crore have been sanctioned. “Distribution of solar water heaters will be the first scheme under Model Solar City Project. The heater costs around Rs 19,000 in the market while NMC will provide it for just Rs 7,400, which also includes installation cost. The heater, total 2.30 sq mt in size, is of very good quality,” he said.
The official added that the beneficiary will be able to save over 90 units electricity per month after installing the solar water heater. “Solar heater saves 3.5 unit per day for a family of four,” he said.
After distribution of solar water heaters, the NMC will undertake task of replacing old and high power consuming electrical appliances with new and energy efficient ones at NMC administrative offices, schools and other establishments under the pilot project. The main motive behind the Model Solar City Project worth Rs1,453.10 crore is to bring down the city’s power consumption by 10%, including 5% through energy efficiency works and remaining 5% through generation of renewable energy.