Rourkela Municipal Corp Teams Up With Clean-Tech Energy Startup To Solarise City

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A survey is underway and in the first phase about 5,000 private buildings would be covered

The Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) has signed an agreement with Koel Fresh Pvt Ltd (KFPL), an agriculture and clean-tech energy start-up incubated at the National Institute of Technology-Rourkela (NIT-R) as it plans to promote the use of clean energy to power the city.

As per a report, initally solar power panels will be installed on the rooftops of 54 government buildings in Steel City. In future, the panels would also be installed on private buildings in the city where plans are afoot to set up a 30 MW open space solar power park.

Solar panels will also be installed on rooftops of 14 government buildings including offices, health institutions, schools and hostels on pilot basis.

RMC commissioner Dibyajyoti Parida said “Solarisation Rourkela’ initiative is one of the flagship programmes to promote clean energy and fight the severe climate change. Under the initiative, the civic body would reach out to citizens and educate them on the benefits of solar photovoltaic system to facilitate its adoption. The initiative is also intended to boost local economy and create employment opportunities.”

“Under the ‘Solarisation Rourkela’ initiative private households, institutions, commercial establishments and MSMEs would be convinced and encouraged to adopt solar power,” said Asutosh Nayak, CEO of KFPL.

“A survey is underway and in the first phase about 5,000 private buildings would be covered. Adoption of clean energy is the only solution to fight climate change,” said Nayak.

Under the net metering mechanism, domestic or commercial users generating their own electricity using solar panels or photovoltaic systems would be able to export surplus energy back to the grid and get their energy bills adjusted.

The RSCL has also planned to install solar street lights at 32 surveyed slums on a pilot basis. It would also install a solar park of 30 MW capacity by utilising open spaces in the city.

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