Corpn goes green, to set up two 1 MW solar plants at Rs 5.5cr each

The Coimbatore city corporation plans to tap solar energy to bring down its electricity bills by setting up two plants of one megawatt capacity each at Ukkadam and Kavundampalayam.Tenders for the project were floated on Monday. The panels will be set up on a 10-acres land at a cost of Rs 5.5cr each, corporation sources said.

As per the data available for 2015-2016, the civic body consumes 4.47 million units at its office buildings, 9.16 million units at the sewage treatment plants at Ukkadam and Ondipudur and water treatment and pumping stations at Velliangadu and Pillur. Another 46.37 million units are consumed by streetlights.

The two solar panels are expected to produce 4,000 units each per day. "These two panels will be connected to the electricity board sub-station and the power generated will be transferred to the grid directly. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation has been informed about the project and they have agreed to support us. The formal papers will be submitted soon," said executive engineer of the west zone Saravana Kumar.