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ADB supported 2 MW Solar power plant to be established at Coimbatore Corporation

Chennai, May 9(BPNS)

With the Coal shortage taking its toll on power production in Tamil Nadu as in the rest of the country, the Coimbatore corporation is planning to generate 2 Mw of Solar power for its energy requirements with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) is to establish a 2 MW solar power plant at Kavundampalayam at the old dump yard. The plant, according to sources in the Coimbatore Municipal corporation is to cost Rs 14.15 crores.

The new plant is to be set up in 7.6-acre area of the old dump yard at Kavundampalayam and it would increase the CCMCs power generation from the present 5.6 MW to 7.6 MW.

The CCMC officials told BPNS that the project file is already forwarded to the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration (CMA) for technical sanction and the Civic body will fund 10 % of the project. The CCMC, according to senior officials of the corporation, will be able to save Rs 2.05 crore every year in electricity bills once the project is commissioned.

The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMP) already has 3 solar power plants that include a 3.6 MW plant at Ukkadam set up at a cost of Rs 17 crore under the Smart City Projects. It also has two other plants that are 1 MW each and set up at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore each.