In a significant move towards developing Rajkot as a 'solar city,' the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has set up a 50-kilowatt-peak (kW) solar grid connect system.Finance minister Vajubhai Vala will inaugurate the newly set up solar power system at RMC's east zone office on Monday evening."Once the 10-kW solar power grid connecting the system becomes operational, RMC will be able to save 40 to 45 units daily. As of now, RMC's east zone office consumes around 150 to 200 units daily,'' said an RMC official.According to senior RMC officials, the central government in 2010, selected Rajkot to be developed as a 'solar city.'
RMC officials said earlier that the civic body has set up a 10-kW solar power grid connecting system at its west zone office. "We will soon add 60-kW solar power grid connecting system with the existing 10-kW plant. We plan to reduce electricity bills of all RMC offices in phased manner by harvesting solar energy as alternate source of power," said B H Rupani, town-planning officer, RMC.Officials said, Union ministry of new and renewable energy has sanctioned Rs 46 lakh as subsidy to RMC to carry out various solar power projects in the city for promoting ecologically sustainable growth, while addressing India's energy security challenge.
"RMC has carried out various programmes for promotion of solar energy and making people aware about the use of this clean, alternate source of energy. As part of the solar city project, we expect to generate at least 10% of city's energy consumption via solar power," an official said.Once the total 120-kW solar power grid connect systems are operational at RMC's both zonal offices, the civic body will be able to save at least Rs 10 lakh annually.