NMC to meet 60% of its energy needs through solar power

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jun 2018 09:53:43


Special Correspondent,

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) may become the first municipal body in Maharashtra to generate 42 MW of solar power to meet 60 per cent of its electricity requirement. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 300 crore and the civic body will be implementing it on deferred payment basis. The green energy generation is expected to help in reducing pollution level in the city.

Sources in Electricity Department of NMC confirmed this development. They told ‘The Hitavada’ that the civic body would use 27 MW of solar power for Water Works Department and 12 MW for street-lights. Total 3 MW power will be used for NMC’s buildings. Presently, three zones namely Nehru Nagar, Ashi Nagar, and Lakadganj are using 25 MW of solar power each to fulfill their needs. The Civil Office in NMC is also using 50 KW power while it is using solar panels to generate 125 MW power. This will reduce dependence on traditional power, a senior officer told ‘The Hitavada’ on the condition of anonymity. NMC will get Rs 50 crore as subsidy from Central Government for promoting solar power in the city, he added.
The civic body will appoint an Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor to develop rooftop and grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects.

The work includes design, engineering, procurement, construction, manufacture, supply, storage, insurance, civil work, installation, testing, and commissioning of the grid-connected solar and rooftop solar photovoltaic projects.
The solar power generation work will be divided into all 10 zones. Electricity Department will appoint different contractors to complete the work. The payment of the work will be made on deferred payment basis in next 20 years. The department will install elevated structures for solar panels along roads for electricity supply to street-lights.

The elevated structures will also be installed at rooftops to secure space of buildings.  The solar panels will not require battery to store power as they will transfer power in the grid of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, said an official.