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Thanjavur Corporation To Soon Use Solar Power For Water Filtration

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Thanjavur Corporation will soon be able to harness solar power to create 3 megawatts (MW) of electricity for its utilization. The solar power plant is being built on the outskirts of town as part of the Smart City Project, completing a project that was started in January last year.

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Surat Municipal Corporation, interestingly, has become the first municipal authority to employ solar electricity for water filtration.

The ground-mounted solar project is built on a 10-acre plot of land near the civic body’s sewage treatment facility at Sirajudheen Nagar, near Samudhram Lake.

The majority of the electricity generation and transmission link works worth Rs 15 crore and civic works worth Rs 2 crore have been accomplished. The work of connecting the power plant to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) network is nearing completion and is expected to be finished in February.

A second solar plant with a capacity of 2.4 MW has also been bid out for the same area in December 2021.

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Projects under the Smart City Project have been moving slowly, and this success story should inspire many others to move more quickly on their plans.

Municipalities around the country have a chronic lack of funds and, in the near future, it is likely on their part to consider solar power and other possibilities such as collecting carbon credits through better trash disposal to supplement their finances.

The necessity for these organizations to be actively involved in assisting the EV transition, both in terms of their own vehicle fleets and in promoting establishing large EV charging networks, is, of course, a second critical area.

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