The City Corporation of Coimbatore has decided to implement five solar power projects under the Pilot Solar Cities scheme. The Corporation has sought financial assistance from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for them. The total cost is estimated at Rs 3.75 crore, with each plant costing Rs 75 lakh.
These include 70 kW projects at the Velliangadu water pumping station, Velliangadu drinking water treatment plant, Ondipudur sewage treatment plant, Ukkadam sewage treatment plant and the Vellalore dump yard.
Corporation Commissioner K Vijaykarthikeyan wrote to the MNRE on February 11, requesting to include Coimbatore in its Pilot Solar City scheme. He also requested the ministry to provide its share of Rs 2.50 crore.
The Centre has included Coimbatore among the cities under the pilot scheme.