Coimbatore

Salem Corporation taps solar energy, saves on power bills

Corporation Commissioner R.Sadheesh (right) taking a look at the solar panels installed at the Salem Corporation office on Friday.

Corporation Commissioner R.Sadheesh (right) taking a look at the solar panels installed at the Salem Corporation office on Friday.   | Photo Credit: E_LakshmiNarayanan

The generated power is used at its buildings, borewells and toilets

By installing solar panels at 69 of its buildings, the Salem Corporation has saved about ₹60 lakh annually in the electricity bills of those premises.

Under the Smart Cities Mission, the Corporation installed solar panels at the rooftops of 69 buildings including zonal offices, schools and Urban Primary Health Centres at ₹ 3.55 crore.

Corporation Commissioner R.Sadheesh said, “across four zones, we have installed solar panels for 471.54 kW covering 34,220 sq.m. at the rooftops. The panels produce power for 10 hours a day and about 1292.5 units of power is produced every day. Annually, we are saving ₹60 lakh on electricity bills.”

Four zones

Mr. Sadheesh said that under the Smart Cities Mission, a detailed project report was being readied to set up a 3MW solar power plant.

Among the four zones, in Sooramangalam zone, it has set up panels at 16 places of 52.26 kW power, in Hasthampatti, at 19 places of 208.66 kW power, in Ammapet, at 23 places of 152.61 kW and in Kondalampatti zone, the Corporation has set up solar panels at 11 places of 57.71 kW of power.

According to the Corporation officials, the generated power is used at its borewells and public toilets besides the buildings on which the panels are installed. Monthly, the power bills for these purposes alone comes to ₹10 lakh and through solar power generation, they have been able to save about ₹5 lakh.

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