Schools in the Limits of GVMC to Get Solar Power

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The proposed capacity of 250kWp solar power photovoltaic system will be installed in the 144 schools under Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation to meet the energy demand as part of the Smart Cities Mission.

Around 144 schools located in the limits of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will soon draw electricity from solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems mounted on their rooftops instead of the electricity supplied by Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL).

The proposed capacity of the SPV system is about 215 kilowatt peak (KWP) and civic officials are hoping that the project will be able to fulfill their aim to power schools as part of the Smart Cities Mission.

The government primary school in Pedawaltair which has a contracted load of 5KW from the DISCOM will get a solar panel of 5KWP, while Madhuranagar High School with an available rooftop area of 220 sq mt will get a solar panel of similar capacity. Other schools that will get solar panels include MVD High School, Prakasaraopeta High School, MVDM High School, MGM High School, GVMC Girls’ High School in Anakapalli, and PNMH School in Bheemunipatnam.

A GVMC official told TOI that they have recently issued a request for proposal and online submission of bids is still open. The private bidder has to carry out site survey and layout planning before installation and commissioning of the SPV system. They will also shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the systems for a period of five years.

In grid-connected SPV systems, energy is fed into the building loads through a service connection. The surplus energy will be fed into the grid and shortfall will be drawn out. GVMC officials are expecting that the solar panels will generate surplus power and they will sell some electricity back to the DISCOM through the grid.

Source: TOI

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