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Secunderabad Cantonment Board to set up 1 MW solar power plant in Hyderabad soon

According to reports, the Secunderabad Cantonment could be the first cantonment area to switch over to solar energy, with a Delhi-based firm (PEC Limited) getting ready to set up a solar power mini grid either at Balamrai pump house or Gun Rock pump house. Once functional, the plant would generate 1 MW (mega watt), enough to power some utilities in the SCB area. A survey to identify land suitable to set up the plant is in full swing.

The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) officials have decided to operate seven pump houses — at Balamrai, Gun Bazaar, AOC, Mahendra Hills, Rudranagar, Bowenpally and Gun Rock — using solar power. Currently, the SCB authorities are using pump sets to distribute water through its network and end up paying power bills to the tune of Rs 2 crore. “To save money, we have chosen pump houses. The work for setting up the solar power panels has been allotted to a Delhi-based firm,” SCB water wing in-charge, M Raj Kumar, told TOI.

According to the proposal, the solar power mini grid would be set up at a cost of nearly Rs 7 crore. “We can run pump houses with 1 MW solar power for a minimum of six hours a day. We will utilise solar power when the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) supplies water in bulk to our pump houses,” Kumar said.

Solar energy would also be used to power dispensaries and circle offices in the cantonment area. “We are also examining the proposal to power streetlights, bore wells and even submersible water pumps using solar energy,” the SCB official said. “An agreement will soon be signed between the ministry of defence (MoD) and the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) for the construction of the mini grid. We are taking technical support for the proposed project from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which comes under MNRE’s jurisdiction,” he added.

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