According to reports, it’s among the cities in UP with least line losses and was rewarded with a token tariff increment. Now, Greater Noida ia also taking significant strides in using renewable energy.
Having started harnessing energy from the sun last year, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is currently generating about 2.65 MW of solar power. By next year, it plans to generate about 5 MW.
According to officials, this energy is not only consumed by its projects but also sold to Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL). “So far, we have generated and consumed for our own government buildings about 14.50 lakh units in a year and saved Rs 94 lakh in terms of revenue,” said Rama Raman, chairperson and CEO, GNIDA. “We have also sold 6.05 lakh units of solar energy to NPCL, generating a revenue of Rs 42.71 lakh,” he added. Currently, GNIDA generates 5,000 units of non-conventional energy per day, including generating revenue of Rs 35,000 per day from the energy sources.
“We have six solar plants, which are functional currently,” said K K Singh, general manager (projects), GNIDA. “Of these, two solar plants of 500 kW each and located on the rooftops of the Gautam Budh University and multi-speciality hospital integrated with the university, the other four have recently been commissioned,” Singh said. “The four are located on rooftops of the SSP office (50 kW), Gautam Budha Balak Inter College (250 kW), Savitri Bai Fule Balika Inter College (350 kW) and on ground in Kasna (1 MW) across 3.5 acres,” he explained.
Raman added solar power promises to change the way power is generated in the country and in GNIDA, which also plans to use solar energy to service the growing power needs of the city. “We plan to take our total generation of solar power to about 5 MW. We have a proposal to expand the unit at Kasna by another megawatt. Besides this, a 150 kW plant will be put up on the roof of the district magistrate’s office, a 55 kW plant at sewage treatment plant in Kasna and another plant at GB University,” he said.”