Energy: Madikeri CMC chooses unconventional path

Energy: Madikeri CMC chooses unconventional path

Windmill installed to tackle power crisis

The government has been supporting the production of electricity through unconventional sources of energy like solar and wind power.

A windmill installed near CMC at Madikeri for power generation. DH PhotoMadikeri CMC has found an unconventional way of overcoming erratic supply of power. A windmill has been installed on the CMC premises to generate electricity.

Madikeri town is 4,000 metre above the sea level. As a result the wind factor would be constant in Madikeri. With this, the CMC expects to slash down its electricity bills.

The idea of windmill originated two years ago and the 2.1 kv windmill started functioning from that time. It provided electricity to light up few bulbs in the CMC building.

As the demand for electricity increased, the CMC has decided to install three to four windmills at a cost of Rs 47.50 lakh under Chief Minister’s Small and Medium Town Development Scheme.

It has been planned to produce 5.1 kv electricity from each windmill. The CMC office requires 5 kv electricity daily. Two windmills have already been installed near the CMC office. The authorities have planned to install another windmill near water filter house at Stone Hill. The final decision has not been taken, said CMC commissioner N M Shashikumar.

CMC president H M Nandakumar said: “The CMC pays Rs 50 lakh as electricity bill annually. The windmill will help to reduce the electricity bill. At the same time, there is no question of disruption in power supply.”

The work on installing windmill will be taken up at the earliest, said the commissioner.

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