SmartCity project has given a push to the solar energy projects in the city. Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) has set up solar plants on the rooftops of 28 institutions in the city, thereby generating 1,000 kilowatts of energy.
Though CSML identified more than 60 institutions for setting up rooftop solar plants in the city, they could set up the plants at 28 institutions only.
“Most of the firms we identified were later proven to be not suitable for the project. Now, we have completed the works at 28 institutions,” an official with CSML said.
Presently, CSML authorities are carrying out the procedures to connect the plants at these firms to KSEB’s grid. “We have already connected the plants at six institutions, including Ernakulam General Hospital, with KSEB’s grid. Now, we are in the process of securing grid connectivity to other plants also,” the official said.
CSML has already earmarked Rs 10 crore for a public bicycle sharing project. As part of the project, they have procured 160 bicycles and set up 16 docking yards attached to the Metro stations in different parts of the city.
According to CSML, the green initiative will cut down the fuel consumption as well as pollution caused by fossil fuels.“We are awaiting approvals from Kochi municipal corporation, Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA), Goshree Islands Development Authority (Gida), Kalamassery municipality and railways for opening docks at 34 more stations,” a CSML official said.
Referred from economic times,dated Jan 07 2020.