Higher Lake ‘Sensible’ photo voltaic panels broken earlier than inauguration | Bhopal Information
Bhopal: Solar collectors that were installed along the Upper Lake are already showing signs of wear and tear before the project was officially opened. The installation of a 750 KW solar power project on the upper shore of the lake is a smart city project by Bhopal. At the beginning of 2019, BMC had signed a MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India for the installation with MP Urja Vikas Nigam Limited.
Solar panels were installed on the lake shore over a stretch of almost one kilometer. The much-vaunted project should be completed in early 2019, but has been delayed.
“The test run of the project has started. The electricity generated from the solar panels is used to power the BMC water pumping station in Karbala. If the panels are broken or damaged, they will be replaced. The operation and maintenance of the project has been outsourced for five years, ”a BSCDCL official asked for anonymity.
The official claimed that electricity from the facility generated Rs 70,000 to 90,000 worth of energy per month. Energy efficiency is an integral part of the ambitious plan and the implementation of the solar powered project is expected to generate 750 kW.
Solar energy would save around 40 lakh annually if its planned capacity were used. The Karbala raw water pumping station has two 750 HP pumps. One would run on solar energy to bring water to the Idgah Hills filtration facility, saving around 13,000 units of electricity.
According to Bhopal’s water supply energy audit report, there are 21 pumping stations with 126 pumps pumping water throughout the BMC area. In Bhopal, the water supply loss is up to 15 to 30 percent – combined with overhead losses, treatment losses and distribution losses. The energy bill for the water supply per month is around 50-70 rupees.