April 03

Solar power helps corporation save Rs 16 lakh in two months

Coimbatore: Since its inception two months ago, the Ukkadam solar power plant has generated about 3 lakh units of electricity and helped the city corporation save about Rs 16 lakh on its electricity bills.

“While 1.46 lakh units of power were generated in February, another 1.5 lakh units were generated in March. The cost of power is Rs 5.60 per unit. The power produced in the plant is used to offset the electricity bill of a water pumping station at Velliangadu,” said a corporation official, who is in charge of the solar plant.

The plant has 3,168 panels, each with a capacity of 320 watts. It was established at the cost of Rs 5.5 crore and generates an average of 4,500 units per day. 

Meanwhile, the corporation has started the installation work of another solar plant, adjacent to the existing one at Ukkadam, on 15 acres and planned to complete it in four months. The plant is expected to generate 5.9kW units of power per hour and the civic body has already obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC) from TANGEDCO to transmit the power generated in the plant.  

“It took some time to connect the first solar power plant to a TANGEDCO sub-station as it involved shutting down power in some areas. Now that it is connected, we just need to connect the new plant with the existing one to transmit power,” the official said.

Besides the two plants, another solar plant with a capacity of one megawatt is under construction at Kavundampalayam and it is expected to be completed in a month. 

With the power generated from the three plants, the civic body, which has been paying about Rs 20 crore per annum on its electricity bills, is expected to save Rs 5 crore. The corporation pays electricity bills of two sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Ukkadam and Ondipudur along with the water treatment and pumping stations at Velliangadu and Pillur.

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