In a bid to cut carbon emissions, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has begun installing solar panels over its buildings and civic schools. The civic body has also proposed a 100 MW floating solar project at Morbe Dam along with another 1.5 MW hydro project towards the goal.
The floating solar plant will be constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model and will be executed in phases. NMMC will buy the electricity generated at a rate of ₹4 per unit. The two projects, solar and hydro will help the organization save approx. ₹20 crore annually.
NMMC is ensuring that all new buildings under construction will have solar panels on rooftops. Moreover, existing ward offices that receive ample sunlight over the roof will have to install solar plants. Currently, the plans are in place for rooftop solar installation at Koparkhairane and Airoli ward offices and the new ward office at Kukshet village.
The engineering department of NMMC has also drawn plans to install solar panels in 10 out of the 55 civic schools in the city. Installation at 2 schools has already been completed. Moreover, the civic body will also install solar panels on the roof of 50 public toilets and has begun working towards it.
The clean energy generated from all the proposed buildings will help NMMC save crores of rupees in electricity bills.
“NMMC has been taking various measures to cut carbon emissions in the city for which it has even conducted a carbon footprint audit this year to help it achieve its objective of a carbon-neutral city,” said Sanjay Desai, NMMC engineer.
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Resource: Hindustan Times