Mysore city, which is being projected as a Solar City for tapping unconventional and renewable sources of energy, is now going to be the second city in Karnataka to get a Solar Radiation Test Centre. The Test Centre, proposed to be established at Koorgalli on the outskirts of the city, will help record data to design solar panels.

Mysore, along with Hubli, is among 48 cities in the country that have been selected for the ‘Solar City’ project, to be set up by the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL).

“Mysore would be the second city in Karnataka, after Bijapur, to have the centre,” said D.K. Dinesh Kumar, Project Engineer, KREDL, Mysore.

The Centre will contribute Rs. 8 lakh towards installation of equipment for the test centre (10x10 square metres) which will record the emission of solar radiation in Mysore district.

An elevated place at Koorgalli has been finalised after much deliberation, for setting up the facility. In order to tap solar energy, the place should be free of green cover, allowing penetration of sun rays.

The said facility will be linked with the office of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in New Delhi. Experts in the national capital will be able to collect data of Mysore as well as Bijapur through the Geographical Information System. Besides, tri-monthly reports will be generated.

“Data of solar radiation collected would help devise solar panels according to the emission level. In the existing scenario, solar panels to attract sunrays are designed according to ISI standard,” said Kumar.

“The initiative would also spur growth in the realm as 80 per cent of houses in Mysore will have solar water heaters. Besides, the response for solar lantern, solar pumpsets for irrigation purpose is overwhelming,” said Kumar and added, “On an average, there are 40 to 50 enquiries for both the products with 50% of the customers eventually opting for owning the products.”

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore