State capital aims to become model solar city

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to set up a solar panels at the designated waste dumping site at Bhuasuni, on the outskirts of the city.

According to the proposal, to be sent to Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), the buildings and offices under the civic body will have solar panels to generate electricity. Some other buildings where the facility will come up are Kalyan Mandap, BMC office, Yatri Niwas and BMC hospital, among others.

OREDA deputy director B K Swain said they will provide technical guidance to BMC for installation of solar panels and power generation. "We have had a preliminary discussion about the places where solar panels will be installed. The BMC will have to send us a proposal to start the work. The panels and other technical requirements will be procured from BMC fund," said Swain.

Official sources said the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has planned to provide subsidy to agencies interested in generating solar power. According to the ministry's guidelines, emphasis will be on setting up of solar power plants on rooftops of buildings of government and urban local bodies.

City engineer (BMC) Dwaipayan Patnaik said a preliminary proposal has been prepared and a tentative list made for the model solar city project. "There may be modifications in the places we selected as another meeting will be held with the OREDA soon. We are yet to decide on the cost of the project," he said.

Source TOI

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