According to reports, the city municipal corporation has proposed the setting up of a one megawatt solar power plant at its old dumpyard in Kavundampalayam with an estimated capacity to generate 5,000 units of power, which could be fed into the power grid of TANGEDCO. The council meeting passed a resolution in this regard and the project would proceed further after getting the required financial clearance from the central and state governments as per the norms for the promotion of solar energy as a renewable source of power. The total cost of the project is estimated to be above Rs5cr and it will be implemented in the coming months.
The corporation had earlier installed a 50 kilowatt solar photovoltaic unit at the main corporation building and similar solar projects at the five zonal offices and at six maternity centres in the city of lesser capacity of 7.5 kilowatt each. Apart from reducing the corporation’s dependence on power supplied from the grid, the civic body also plans to export additional solar power by connecting the 50 kilowatt solar unit at the main office to the TANGEDCO power grid.
However, the TANGEDCO is yet to finalise on the process of allotment of net metering systems which is integral for solar photovoltaic power units connected to the power grid to convert the excess solar power into conventional alternate current and export it to the power grid for transmission.
“We submitted our application to the TANGEDCO a couple of months ago and are waiting for their response,” said G Latha, commissioner, Coimbatore Municipal Corporation.
The net metering system is basically the installation of a modified version of the power meter which would record the power consumed from the grid and the amount of power exported to the grid from the solar power units installed in the buildings.
As of now, the corporation’s solar unit is capable of generating about 35 to 40 units daily, depending on the weather condition and excess power could be exported to the power grid .
The installation of the 50 kilowatt solar unit at the main office was done at a cost of over 60lakh while the solar photovoltaic panels installed at the remaining buildings were done at a cost of 9.48lakh at each building.
When contacted, TANGEDCO officials said a decision would be taken pertaining to the installation of net metering system later this month and they were waiting for an order in this regard from Chennai.