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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bengaluru: Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is all set to add one more initiative in its attempts to go green. It is planning to install solar panels on the terrace of its main office building at Shantinagar in Bengaluru, according to a report published in Vijaya Karnataka, a Kannada daily.

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The office building in Shantinagar consists of varied departments, hotels, shopping malls, shops, and Traffic and Transit Management Centre (TTMC) bus-stand. Further, BMTC has lent premises for other departments like excise department.

The combined electrical consumption of all these entities would be pegged at around 3.7 lakh units per month costing around 32-33 lakh rupees per month.

In order to reduce the expenditure towards electric bills, the BMTC has decided to use the space available on the terrace of its building and has decided to call tenders from solar companies.

The area available on the terrace is around 1.2 lakh square feet and BMTC hopes to generate around 1 lakh units of electricity per month from the solar panels. The cost of installation of these solar panels is expected to be around 5-6 crores. BMTC also intends to sell any excess electricity generated to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).

The solar company which would get the tender to install the solar panels is also expected to run the unit for 15 years, after which the BMTC itself will maintain the unit. During these 15 years, the solar company will sell the electricity to BMTC at rates which are 1-2 rupees lesser per unit than what it will charge BESCOM. This is expected to save lakhs of rupees per month for BMTC.

This is not the first green initiative that BMTC has taken. Previously, it had introduced India’s first Electric Bus in 2014. Further, it has been working towards Solar charged buses as well.

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Palestinian workers install solar panels at Khan Younis Waste Water Treatment Plant, in the southern Gaza Strip July 31, 2018. Picture taken July 31, 2018. VOA

Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources.

Mohammed Mustafa, head of the government’s investment fund, says that Tuesday’s plant opening in the ancient West Bank city of Jericho is one of four planned plants. One has been donated from China.

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Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India. VOA

He says the Palestinians rely almost entirely on power imported from Israel and the new plants are part of a long-term project to reduce that by 50% over the next decade. He says the four panel stations should cover about 30% of Palestinian power consumption.

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Mustafa says the West Bank consumes about $700 million a year in electricity. (VOA)