Friday, December 13, 2013

Energy park to popularise use of non-conventional energy

To popularise use of non-conventional energy among visitors to the park and localities, plans have been made to establish an 'energy park' inside Kuppanna Park at a cost of Rs 52.7 lakh, of which about Rs 50 lakh will be provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable energy.
The Energy Park houses, solar energy powered cars, water pumps, solar lantern and hybrid wind-solar power cycle. The park will be developed as informative and educative center on solar energy.
The public and tourists who visit Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and Mysore Palace will be encouraged to visit the park.
Mysore City Corporation Solar Cell unit In-Charge Officer Altaf Ahmed, said that the project has been taken-up under five pilot projects to be commissioned as part of Mysore Solar City.
Solar power to lit city parks
Two famous parks in the city, Kuppanna Park and Cheluvamba Park will soon become 'solar powered'. Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) panels which can generate upto 8KW peak power will be set-up separately at both the parks that will cut down the consumption of electricity by nearly 70 percent.

Kuppanna Park consumes around 1020 KW of power every month generating a bill of Rs 30,000 while Cheluvamba Park consumes 990 units of power with an approximate bill of Rs 20,000. With the setting up of Solar power plants, the officials estimate that the bill is expected to come down to roughly, Rs 8,000 and Rs 6,800 respectively.

While the effective solar power generated daily at Kuppana Park after working out the reduction due to cloudy weather is 6.87 KW, the same at Cheluvamba Park is about 6.6 kW. Rs 21.6 lakhs has been sanctioned for each park. Work on erecting the panels will begin from January, 2014 and is expected to be completed within four months. The excess power generated will be connected to grid.
Altaf Ahmed said that around 100 sq feet of the park space will be used to set up the solar power plant which also includes a power room to house the batteries and inverter.

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