According to reports, the top four government hospitals in Hyderabad will be powered by solar photovoltaic plants by next month. The move will not only help them partially meet their requirements but also save them up to ₹24 lakh per annum in energy bills.
The four government hospitals — Osmania, Gandhi, Niloufer and Fever — will shortly have these photovoltaic plants as a part of a Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) initiative. “These are not only demonstrative of what we could do for the country in a planned manner but also serve as reference projects for other Government offices to emulate,” said Rajendra Nimje, MD of SECI.
There are plans to to allocate about 50 MW of solar PV power projects to public institutions, offices and more particularly hospitals, he said. “In phase one we will concentrate on installing solar units of hospitals and then cover offices. Similar initiatives are planned in other locations,” he added. Large corporations and government institutions — including the Railways — have expressed interest in such installations. The plan is to set up solar PV projects to meet their captive requirement and sell the power, if they do not need it, to the local authority.
“The Corporation had allocated 2 MW for Hyderabad and from this, the four hospitals have been covered. They will all be operational before March 31,” said Kamalakar Babu, MD of New and Renewable Energy Corporation of Andhra Pradesh.