DC's office gets a solar power plant installed on its roof

The office of the deputy commissioner has the privilege of having the first State government rooftop solar power plant in Coastal Karnataka.

A solar power plant of 25 KW capacity – which is able to generate 100 units of electricity a day – has been installed on the roof of the deputy commissioner’s office building in the City, at a cost of approximately Rs 20 lakh.

The unit has been set up with a power purchase agreement of the Mescom and is sponsored by the Dakshina Kannada MP LAD fund. The plant was installed on January 26, and has been operating on an experimental basis since January 27.

Metering
Addressing reporters in the City on Wednesday, Kumble Narasimha Prabhu, Solar Trade Links managing partner, said that the company had carried out the installation work. “The solar power unit is based on net-metering technology. There will be generation of 36,000 units a year – at the rate of 100 units a day. Expenditure on power bills too will be saved at the rate of Rs 2.5 lakh a year,” he explained.

“The official inauguration of the plant will be performed after the completion of the panchayat elections,” Narasimha Prabhu said.

New units
“Solar Trade Links has, to its credit, 100 KW and eight solar rooftop plants installed in the City till date. An additional 75 KW solar plant will be installed before the end of this February,” he added. Kumble Vignesh Prabhu, Solar Trade Links chief executive officer, was present.
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