Ten months after the Coimbatore city corporation started generating power from its solar power plant in Ukkadam, the body is all set to start the second one in Kavundampalayam. The plant, with the capacity to generate 1MW power was built at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore.
“Installation work of the plant is completed and all the necessary regulatory clearances have been obtained to commission the plant,” said a source at the civic body.
The plant, which consists of 3168 solar panels with a capacity of 320 watts each, has been set up across 5.5 acres within the premises of the civic body's old dump yard at Kavumdampalayam. Sources said the plant would serve the double purpose of reducing the electricity bills of the civic body and enhance the usage of sustainable green energy.
The civic body, through its first plant at Ukkadam, has generated over 12 lakh units of power thus helping the civic body save about Rs 74 lakh on its electricity bill.
Bouyed by the success of its green energy initiatives, the civic body intends to start work on having a new third solar plant at Ukkadam which would have a capacity to produce 3.6 MW of power. With 11,600 panels, each having a capacity of 320 to 325 watts, the new plant would cost the body Rs 17 crore, sources added.
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