May 6, 2016: The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) ratified a scheme to submit a plan to the state government with the aim to seek funds under energy conservation schemes, particularly street lighting. With this, the MCC is looking to adopt timer and electronic voltage modulation equipment and electronic energy meters for more energy-efficient LED systems.
In accordance to a circular from directorate of municipal administration (DMA), the civic body has bifurcated its street lighting schedules into seven zones. MCC consists of 65,482 streetlights including 1,248 LEDs., 50,009 tube lights, 11,369 sodium vapour lamps, 2,536 metal highlights and 320 CFLs..
MCC wants govt support for energy-efficient street lighting
Shashidhar Hegde, the head of the ruling Congress in the committee said that power scarcity all over the state has resulted in the requirement for energy efficient initiatives like electronic energy timers and meters.
Also, an official note pointed out that the civic body consumes 192 lakh units for street lights on a yearly basis. The DMA circular is particular in that office lighting and streetlights needs to be managed in a more efficient manner.
Also, MCC has plans to construct10-KW and 15-KW solar roof top units at its sub-office in Jeppu market and Shivabagh, and 75KW solar roof top division in Lalbagh where its head office is located. Following such plans, MCC seeks funding with the intention repay them by sharing the income savings that will accumulate by implementing energy efficiency solutions.
Revenue boost with energy efficiency solutions
A plan given by Wipro on energy efficient lighting systems also recommends MCC on the ways to boost revenues. A central control to be set up by Wipro will provide MCC access to its entire streetlights along with their functioning. Installing CCTVs alongside the street lights in vantage locations may as well enliven local safety, allow it to set up WiFi hot spots, and assist MCC boost revenues by giving it live data on street side parking slots.