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Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC), has launched a tender to hire a contractor to set up a rooftop solar energy project at five locations in the city. After examining 22 locations, the civic body decided on five locations.
Five locations have been selected: Adyakrantiveer Vasudev Basudev Phadke Natyagruha, Fire Office Building, Dr Ambedkar Bhavan, STP Plant and Vilasrao Deshmukh shopping complex. From the date of installation, the civic body anticipates generating around 1300kWh annually.
The PMC will use the generated solar energy to power the buildings. If there is excess power, it will go to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) via grid-connection.
The scope of work covers design, supply, testing, commissioning, and commissioning the project. It also includes the operation and management for the grid-connected Solar PV plants. The contractor must complete the work within 12 months after being awarded the contract worth Rs 1.87 crore.
A senior official from the civic sector stated that a variety of studies had shown that MMR has great potential to produce solar energy. According to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay report in 2017, Mumbai alone could generate more than 1700 MW of solar power. There are many other cities, such as Thane and Navi Mumbai, that have the potential to tap into alternative energy sources.
A senior civic official stated that they had conducted a feasibility study in order to set up a solar power plant at the 22 locations of electrical consumption and isolated at five other premises.
The official stated that “the ever-rising demand for power can be met using alternate sources of energy such as solar power, which is also environmentally-friendly,” and added that most of the power needs are met by coal-based power stations.
The official further said that the move was likely to send a message to the masses and encourage them to use their rooftops for solar power generation.