Mysore to have solar radiation test centre

Planned at Koorgalli on the outskirts, it will help record data to design solar panels

The City of Palaces, which is gradually making great strides in tapping unconventional sources of energy, will soon have a solar radiation test centre at Koorgalli on the outskirts.

The development is significant as Mysore, along with Hubli, is among 48 cities in the country that have been selected for the ‘Solar City’ project.

Mysore would be the second city in Karnataka, after Bijapur, to have to the said centre, D K Dinesh Kumar, Project Engineer, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), Mysore, told Deccan Herald. KREDL had installed a similar centre at Bijapur seven months ago.

The Union government will contribute Rs eight lakh towards installation of equipment for the test centre (10x10 square metres) which will record the emission of solar radiation in Mysore district. Kumar said an elevated place at Koorgalli was finalised after much deliberation, for setting up the facility. In order to tap solar energy, the place should be free of green cover, allowing penetration of sunrays. Koorgalli met all the requirements and hence it’s an ideal location, the officer added. The location would be inspected by an officer from Delhi before installation works could begin.

The said facility will be linked with the office of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in New Delhi. Experts in the national capital will be able to collect data of Mysore as well as Bijapur through the Geographical Information System.
Besides, tri-monthly reports will be generated.

Explaining the system’s usage, Kumar said that data of solar radiation collected would help devise solar panels according to the emission level. In the existing scenario, solar panels to attract sunrays are designed according to ISI standard.

The initiative would also spur growth in the realm as 80 per cent of houses in Mysore will have solar water heaters. Besides, the response for solar lantern, solar pumpsets for irrigation purpose was “overwhelming”. On an average, there are 40 to 50 enquiries for both the products with 50 per cent of the customers eventually opting for owning the products, he added.

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