The Solar City project, intended to make Kochi the first solar city in the state, is all set to takeoff soon as the Corporation is planning to constitute a committee for its launch. The project that will be implemented with the financial aid from the Central and State Governments mainly aims at installing solar energy systems to power streetlights, garden lights, households, hotels and restaurants and major administrative offices.“Initially a special committee will be set up comprising a Solar City cell and stakeholder committee. The proposal will be presented in the next Corporation Council meeting for its approval,” said a top official with the Corporation.
The project aims to illuminate the city with solar lights and promote increased use of renewable energy. As per the project, solar lights will be installed at public spaces in the city including Subhash Bose Park, Fort Kochi Nehru Park, Kunnara Park, Fort Kochi Beach and Jankar Jetty.The zonal offices of the Corporation and the Ernakulam Town Hall will also be refurbished with solar lights. The administrative offices of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, secretary, additional secretary, KSUDP and C-HED will be installed with solar lights, and the Corporation’s main office and Council Hall will also be powered by solar lights. The Centre Government is providing subsidies for the Solar City project. The civic body will seek the aid of the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) for the implementation of the project. ANERT is the nodal agency for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Government of India, to carry out the Central Government programmes in Kerala.
Meanwhile, the state government will give a hundred solar lights to the Corporation on an experimental basis to light up the streets.“The lamps will be distributed to various divisions under the Corporation. The places to install the lamps will be identified after discussing it in the Council,” the official said.