Belagavi Zilla Panchayat is planning to achieve self-sufficiency in meeting its power supply needs by producing electricity with roof-top solar panels. It is now producing a quarter of its requirement and has drawn up plans to treble the quantity to achieve off-grid sustainability.
Under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), the panchayat has installed a 10 kilowatt solar power production unit on the roof of its building. Since January this year, the 27 solar panels have produced 6,431 units of power. Of this, the panchayat has utilised 5,718 units and sold 713 units to the public sector power distribution company, Hubballi Electricity Supply Company.
“The total power produced now is around 25 % of our consumption. We need to install another unit of around 30 kilowatt to achieve self-sufficiency,” Chief Executive Officer of the panchayat R. Ramachandran has said.
“The first target of 20 % renewable power under IPDS has been achieved well within the time-frame of 2020,” he added.
The cost of installing the 10 kW came to Rs. 8 lakh. And, the project has led to savings of Rs. 51,700 after deduction of the cost of power utilised for the office.
Under the IPDS, the Union government releases grants to government, non-government or other agencies to produce a fifth of the power they consume within 2020. The Belagavi Zilla Panchayat has utilised this opportunity and installed the solar unit.
The panchayat has also drawn up plans to extend the project to its other offices and also panchayat offices in the taluks. “We want to achieve self-sufficiency by producing all the power we consume. We have started with the head office. We will try to extend this to other offices and also the taluks,” Mr. Ramachandran said. He hoped that the use of solar power by government offices would inspire private offices and individuals to switch to renewable energy.
Under the Integrated Power Development Scheme, the panchayat has installed a 10 kilowatt solar power production unit on the roof of its building
Since January this year, the 27 solar panels have produced 6,431 units of power
The first target of 20 % renewable power under IPDS has been achieved well within the time-frame of 2020
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