According to reports, four government hospitals -Osmania General Hospital, Gandhi Hospital, Niloufer Hospital and Fever Hospital – in the state capital will get solar power connectivity soon.
According to New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP (NEDCAP) vice-chairman and managing director M Kamalakar Babu, 400 kw rooftop photovoltaic power system will be installed on Osmania General Hospital, 500 kw on Gandhi Hospital and 150 kw on Niloufer Hospital.
A Delhi-based private power developer has been entrusted with the task of installing the required equipment at the three hospitals by March 31, kamalakar babu said
The government is in the process of selecting another developer for installing 100 kw solar power equipment at the Fever Hospital, he said.
“By using solar power these hospitals can save up to Rs 24 lakh a year. With the installation of solar power equipment these hospitals not only save money and energy but also carry on all the emergency services without any hurdles. They can use solar power in the day and switch on to conventional energy at night,” he said.
Earlier, the company had planned to set up a captive solar power plant in the city for supplying power to commercial establishments but the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP (NEDCAP) convinced the Centre to ask the developer to install power equipments at the hospitals instead, Kamalakar Babu said.
The ground work for the installation of the equipment has begun and clearance has come from the state finance and health departments.
Solar power generation system developers are quoting prices between Rs 1.6 lakh and Rs 1.8 lakh for a 1 kw domestic rooftop solar power system.
Bids for setting up rooftop solar systems will be finalised by February 10. The state government is planning to encourage at least 20,000 households and 5,000 commercial complexes to instal solar power systems on their rooftops this year.
To promote non-conventional energy, the Centre and state governments are jointly offering 50 per cent subsidy (30 pc by the Centre and 20 pc by states) on rooftop photovoltaic systems. The ministry of new and renewable energy has sanctioned 5 mw solar power (2 mw for domestic and 3 mw for commercial) for the state this year. Rooftop photovoltaic systems offer a great opportunity to institutions, industries, and other buildings using UPS, inverters, batteries and diesel generators to reduce energy costs and to ensure power continuity in the event of a severe power shortage. “A 1 kw rooftop solar panel can produce 4 to 5 units per day and a 3 kw panel 12 to 15 units. For domestic consumers 4 to 5 units of power per day is more than enough and they can save a lot of energy and money in the long run,” Kamalakar Babu said.