Published On:October 27 2020
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Karnataka: MSCL pushes for green solar energy on sarkari rooftops.

Mangaluru Smart City Ltd. (MSCL) is giving a big push for green energy by promoting roof top solar energy. This SPV set up to execute smart cities mission of ministry of housing and urban affairs plans to generate 1250-kW of power through roof tops of several government buildings. It has inked an agreement with Delhi based S G Renewables Energy Pvt Ltd. for the project that is being executed at a cost of Rs. 7.08 crore.

The concessionaire will take care of the operation and maintenance of the solar panels for a 10-year period in this project that is being executed on a PPP mode. While the concessionaire gives the building owner 35 per cent rebate in power bill, MSCL will earn 5 per cent of revenue generated and the rest goes to the company, said MSCL managing director Mohammad Nazeer. The company is taking care of the net metering and other aspects of the project.

The company has already commissioned the 58.5-kW roof top solar project at ESI Hospital. Work on installing rooftop solar units is under progress at KFDC Building, Bolara (37.05-kW), Town Hall (44.525-kW); MCC office at Mallikatte (63.05-kW); MCC main office at Lalabagh (123.60-kW); adjacent commercial complex (48-kW). The company will shortly take up this task at Pilikula Nisargadhama (101-kW) and Zilla Panchayat (100-kW).

Noting that the agreement for the last of the two works has been signed, Nazeer told TOI that the buildings will use power generated. Any excess power will be sent to the grid for which Mescom will pay Rs 3.56/unit, he said. The revenue generated will be kept in an escrow account and shared as per above agreement. The move towards green energy will help pare dependency on conventional fossil fuel based power, Nazeer noted.

MSCL has also completed the switch over to LED bulbs in government buildings at a cost of Rs 1.91 crore. This will result in energy savings of about 50-55 per cent in each building, he said, adding the building owner can recover this cost in two-years. The work of replacing 66000 street lights in MCC limits at a cost of Rs. 68 crore is on. The work order has been issued and the city’s street lights will switch over to energy efficient LED, he said.


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