KERALA

Solar City: Kochi still at drawing board

While many cities in the country have submitted Detailed Project Reports and drafted master plans to conserve energy for the Union government’s Solar City project, Kochi is yet to complete stage one.

A DPR enlisting the power distribution pattern in Kochi city and the proposals to reduce consumption through solar energy applications are being prepared by an expert committee. Kochi was selected in the preliminary stage of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy project.

The international agency, ICLEI, has been entrusted with the preparation of the report. Undue delay has occurred in ascertaining the details of power consumption in the domestic and non-domestic sectors because of absence of a database, said an official associated with preparation of the report.

Minute details such as the power utilised by industry segments, street lights and domestic sector were required, but the departments concerned were unable to furnish the necessary information, he said. A request has been sent to the MNRE to extend the time frame for submission of DPR, he said. A Solar City Cell has been formed to monitor the activities under the project.

MNRE had given in-principle approval to 55 cities under the scheme floated by the ministry two years ago. Master plans have already been finalised by more than 30 cities. The ministry has sanctioned over Rs.21 crore for various cities under the project.

The scheme envisages reduction in power consumption by 10 per cent by inducting renewable energy options. Installation of solar water heating systems in domestic and industrial sectors, introduction of solar photovoltaic systems and power generation through industrial waste management technologies are among the measures mooted under the system.



The scheme envisages reduction in power consumption by 10 per cent by inducting renewable energy options.