Taking its first green step towards becoming a smart city, the Lucknow Collectorate on Sunday became the first district collectorate in the state to be solar-empowered. Constructed at the cost of Rs 98 lakh, the 135 kilowatt (Kw) capacity plant is part of the smart city project and would supply power to the entire collectorate, saving Rs 13 lakh per annum in electricity bills.
“The plant, which is first od its kidn in any collectorate of the state, will take care of all needs including air conditioning and lighting ,” said district magistrate Raj Shekhar, after inauguration of the plant by state minister incharge of Lucknow district Shiv Pratap Singh.At present, the peak demand of electricity of Lucknow collectorate is around 150 kilowatt of energy but on an average the demand is below 130kw. The building has 49 rooms including courts, chambers, accounts and other departments. Every chamber of the magistrate is equipped with a 1.5-2 tonne capacity of air-conditioners, fans, LED lights and other electronic devices. The 135 Kw plant can produce 1.89 lakh KWH units of electricity per year. This comes out to be around 500 units per day. The plant has 438 solar plates and four grid-connected solar inverters. This solar grid would produce energy for the next 25 years. The plant also has a bi-directional meter, which can give back unused power to the grid, which in turn can be used later at the building or at any other place.
Similar solar plants would also be installed at Dr RML National Law University, Dr RML Institute of Medical Science, King George’s Medical University, Vikas Bhawan, Sadar tehsil office and the new tehsil building.