The central government is encouraging the use of solar and wind power and offering subsidies schemes to the people for installing rooftop PA systems. Towards this end, to create more awareness about solar power, the GVMC has now decided to come up with innovative campaigns. As a part of the Smart City Project, it is coming up with a blueprint for the generation of 7 megawatts of solar power. For this, buildings that are under the GVMC limits will be fitted with solar panels.
Floating Solar Panel system
For the first time India, Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL), a special purpose vehicle for the execution of the smart city project of the GVMC installed India’s largest 2 MW grid-connected floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project atop the Mudasarlova reservoir in 4.4 acres area in Visakhapatnam costing Rs. 11.5 crores. With this, GVMC is able to save more than Rs. 2.3 crores towards electricity charges. With solar panels floating on the water, it helps 70 percent of water does not evaporate. Apart from this, two other solar projects, one beside the existing one with the capacity to produce 1 Megawatt and another at Krishnapuram for 1.5 Megawatt with an investment of Rs.8.77 crores will be coming in the future.
Solar Panels on 144 schools
As many as 144 schools under the GVMC limits, rooftop solar panels were being installed with a cost of Rs. 1.24 to meet the requirement of their electricity needs. For every school, 215 Kw solar panels erected and it is producing 313.9 Megawatt of power annually.
Solar panels in GVMC Officer with 1.65 megawatts
Apart from GVMC headquarters, rooftop solar panels were being placed in zonal offices and other important office buildings to produce 1.65 megawatts of power. With this development, GVMC is saving crores rupees for paying towards electricity charges, if one studies the entire project.
Solar Street light Corridor at RK Beach road
On the RK Beach Road, LED solar powered lights are giving much-needed lighting in the evenings with the full glare of the beach view. For the first time in India, this solar street light corridor at the beach by the GVMC has set an example and model to follow in other states of India. Under the Smart City project, Area-based development programs will be taken up soon and for this tenders were ready for issue. GVMC is in the process of installing about 2,329 solar street lights in 17, 18, 19, 20 wards in the city. Through this GVMC is utilizing 13 lakhs wats of power and through led street lights, GVMC is saving Rs. 90 lakhs.
GVMC Commissioner G Srijana said, during the present increasing consumption of electricity, we focused more on solar power. Through the Smart City project, we are able to save electricity, but also becoming part of the welfare of the people and the city. To become a model city and set others to follow, we thought of installing rooftop panels much earlier. So, we are installing solar panels in all GVNC buildings, Raiwada Reservoir, schools, and other government buildings. In the future, more solar panels will be erected.
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