Karimnagar Municipal Corporation sets brilliant solar benchmark |
Telangana is ranked second nationally in solar power, generating more than 3,000 MW. Of this, Karimnagar district has an installed capacity of 1.5 MW. And Karimnagar town alone accounts to 1,300 kilowatts of solar power. Recently, the Municipal Corporation of Karimnagar (MCK) has signed an MoU with the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO). And they plan to generate 1.45 MW of power through solar rooftop panels. The municipal body has passed a resolution requiring all houses, apartments, community halls and commercial establishments to install solar panels on rooftops. And, it’s applicable for all properties with built up area of more than 300 square yards (2,700 sq.ft.)
From March 1st 2019, new buildings of more than 300 square yards, must make provision for solar rooftop panels for getting construction permits. Older structures will also have to comply by installing solar panels. Going forward, integrating solar power is mandatory as part of the Karimnagar Smart City project, and the civic body is making it easier by providing net-metering facility with the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (NPDCL). This would enable property owners to earn from the surplus power they generate. The NPDCL would purchase power at ₹3.50 per unit from these property owners.
Mayor of the town said the decision had been taken to encourage solar power generation and reduce the pollution from fossil fuels.
The MCK is claiming to be the first corporation making it mandatory for all new houses to install solar panels. For its part, the MCK plans to install rooftop solar panels in 77 buildings across the town, including government offices, school buildings and other government properties to cut electricity bills.
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