Coimbatore Corporation has won a Central Government award for tapping solar power to use in its establishments, the civic body was the only one in Tamil Nadu and one among the few in the country to win the award – a prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shield Government of India - Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Resources will give the award soon in New Delhi, as told by the Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan told monday.
The Corporation has installed solar power plants at its main office in Town Hall in 2014-15, and at other places in 2015-16. Five zonal offices, a few schools and maternity centres.
The installed capacity of solar panels in the five zonal offices was 37.5 kw, six maternity centres was 45 kw, the main office was 50 kw, 15 schools was 112.5 kw and other establishments was another 12 kw, the civic body met most of its requirements.
Consequent to the award, the Corporation has asked the Central Government for Rs. 2 crore to install more solar panels.