KARNATAKA

‘Solar city’ makes some headway

Solar streetlights will be installed on trial basis at the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) office, three MCC zonal offices, and at Kuppanna Park.— file Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Solar streetlights will be installed on trial basis at the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) office, three MCC zonal offices, and at Kuppanna Park.— file Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

MCC to install solar streetlights on trial basis

The much-delayed ‘solar city’ project is expected to make some headway soon as the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has stepped up efforts in this direction, in association with government departments.

As a first step, the MCC plans to install solar streetlights in select municipal wards on trial basis.

Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad were identified for development of solar cities being implemented by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy five years ago. Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. was asked to provide technical support and Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad municipal corporations were told to implement the project.

The project was aimed to promote the use of renewable energy in urban areas to reduce the demand for conventional energy by at least 10 per cent by adopting and encouraging non-conventional energy.

However, there has been no progress in the project barring some meetings of stakeholders and consultants.

The MCC had earlier announced that solar energy initiatives such as solar lighting in offices, particularly public offices, and solar streetlights would get emphasis.

MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh told The Hindu that a team of engineers recently visited Coimbatore to see the functioning of solar-powered streetlights installed by the corporation there. “The Coimbatore model may be replicated here,” he added.

“Also, we have been persuading public offices such as the Mysore Urban Development Authority and the zilla panchayat to harness solar energy for lighting up their offices. They have replied positively,” he said.

Amita Prasad, Principal Secretary, Energy, convened a meeting here recently to discuss proposals but it was cancelled later.

Mr. Ramesh said 70 per cent of the cost for harnessing solar energy would have to be borne by the beneficiaries and the Ministry would give 30 per cent subsidy. Solar streetlights would be installed on a trial basis at the MCC office, three MCC zonal offices, and Kuppanna Park.



There are plans to harness solar energy to meet the needs of prominent heritage buildings too.

The use of solar water-heating systems, solar home-lighting systems, solar streetlight control systems, power projects based on urban waste and biomass gasification and so on would get thrust, sources in the MCC said.

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