Coimbatore: The city corporation plans to set up a solar plant with a capacity of 2MW and an outlay of ₹14.5 crore at Kavundampalayam. With this, the total solar power production capacity of the city corporation will leap to 7.6MW from the present 5.6MW.
The corporation has sent a proposal to the commissioner of municipal administration (CMA) for clearance. Once proposal gets approval, tenders will be floated for the plant installation in an area of 7.6acres. It will take six months to set up the fourth solar power plant in the city.
A corporation official said 5,334 solar panels would come up at the old dump yard at Kavundampalayam. A solar plant with the capacity of 1MW is already functioning at the old dump yard.
The civic body will seek funds from Asian Development Bank through the Tamil Nadu Flagship Investment Program for the plant. It will contribute 10% of the funding from its capital expenditure, the official said.
A solar power plant was installed at a cost of ₹17 crore at Ukkadam with a capacity of 3.6MW under the smart city project.
The civic body is also exploring options to augment renewable power generation, which will help to bring down the dependency on non-renewable energy sources, a corporation official said. The new solar power plant will help the civic body to save ₹2 crore every year in power bills.