Initiatives - Coimbatore

About the Interventions in Coimbatore

The interventions were designed to enable CMC to experience and develop strategic vision in various aspects of clean energy development and management: from specific energy audits, to development of a comprehensive energy policy. Pilot demonstration projects highlighted various aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy that could be incorporated in the CMC’s long term strategy to reduce emissions.

Energy Efficient System in JNNURM Cell: 2010

Project about to begin
Energy savings 20,709 kWh / Year
Emissions reduction
18 TeCO2 / Year

A new building was constructed in the Coimbatore corporation premises with JNNURM funds. With a view to affect energy savings and encourage efficient use of energy in this building, a Power Saver 1030 system was recommended. It is based on critical power factor management, coupled with constantly monitoring the load. The system will have the ability to regulate the electrical supply to precisely match with the required load, which results in substantial savings in power consumption.

Salient Features
» Potential energy savings (City wide): 1,035,450 kWh / Year
» Potential emissions reductions (City wide): 900 TeCO2 / Year (assuming application for 50 public buildings)

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Bore Wells Pilot Energy Audit: 2009-10

Project about to begin
Energy savings 20,709 kWh / Year
Emissions reduction
18 TeCO2 / Year

Coimbatore faces a considerable gap between the demandand supply of fresh water and resorts to pumping out ground water through bore wells at high operation and maintenance costs. A pilot study of the 19 bore wells in 2 wards was undertaken. The recommendations for improvement in the audit report were implemented successfully in all 19 borewells in 2010.

Salient Features
» Pilot study of 19 out of total 764 Bore wells in Coimbatore
» Outlined measures for improvement
» Potential emissions reductions: 3.5 TeCO2 / Bore well / Year
» Potential emissions reduction through citywide implementation: 2450 TeCO2 / Year

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Wind-Solar Hybrid In New Bus Terminal: 2010

Project complete
Energy savings 6570 kWh / Year (expected)
Emissions reduction
5322 TeCO2 / Year (expected)
Potential reductions
(Project wide)
86672 TeCO2 / Year

June 2010 saw the unveiling of a wind-solar hybrid RE system at Coimbatore’s new Mettupalayam road bus terminal. The system was designed as a pilot project under co-funding from the Urban Climate Project (main funder) and the Local Renewables Project.

Salient Features
» 3.5 kWp capacity system
» First of its kind initiative in India
» Primary power back-up for bus stand, during power shortage
» Potential saving (Project wide): 109928 kWh / Year
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Wind energy potential study: 2010

Project design underway

Coimbatore has abundant wind resource that could be commercially utilized to its benefit. A wind energy feasibility study is being undertaken for Coimbatore, to assess the wind harnessing potential in city area. The study documents the quality and suitability of the Coimbatore Municipal area for installation and long-term operation of commercially viable utility-scale project; and develops a comprehensive and finance-able business plan for smaller projects.

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Energy Efficient Lighting in Coimbatore’s New Bus Terminal: 2010

Project complete
Energy savings 136,000 kWh / Year
Emissions reduction
585 TeCO2 / Year

The CMC constructed a new bus terminal at the Mettupalyam Road. Connecting to the popular hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor, this bus stand is expected to be a major travel point for tourists. The original total energy load was estimated at 79 kilo watts (kW). Based on a proposal by ICLEI SA, the CMC reworked the lighting and cooling plan to incorporate EE fittings.

Salient Features
» 40 W lights revised to 36 W and 25 W lights; 80 W ceiling fans reduced in number by a 100
» Potential savings (City Wide): 680,000 kWh / Year
» Potential reductions (City wide): 2925 TeCO2 / Year (5 bus stands)

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Development of a Comprehensive Energy Policy: 2010

Draft under preparation

Coimbatore has been undertaking various initiatives which address energy consumption and carbon emissions. However, there is currently no comprehensive framework in place that addresses energy and emissions in the city. An integrated energy policy at the city level would ensure that all development work that takes place in future, would consider energy and emissions aspects, and the energy policy would enable development to take place within a larger vision for the city’s energy goals.

Salient Features
» Reduction targets to be set for energy and emissions levels: CMC is targeting a 3-5% reduction in citywide emissions
of 1.27 million TeCo2 in the initial phase of the energy policy implementation
» Action plan for achievement of target

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Urban Climate project team in Coimbatore:
Anshul Mishra, IAS, Municipal Commissioner
A Lakshmanan, Executive Engineer (JNNURM)
Bhoopathy, Superintendent Engineer (JNNURM)

For more information on the UCP and other initiatives in Coimbatore,
please contact: Corporation of Coimbatore
Coimbatore 641001
Web :

For more information on the initiatives, please contact Ashish Rao Ghorpade, ICLEI South Asia at

Coimbatore Highlights
The Urban Climate project’s objectives continue to be realized in Coimbatore, with the city taking large strides in the energy and infrastructure sector. Other clean and efficient energy interventions in Coimbatore include:

1 A 3000 LPD solar water heater is to be installed at the Coimbatore Corporation slaughterhouse
2 Coimbatore was profiled in the report ‘Energy and Carbon Emissions Profiles of 54 South Asian Cities’
3 Coimbatore is a Solar City under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Solar Cities’ Programme (
4 Coimbatore Corporation has a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Resource Centre, initiated in 2008 under ICLEI’s Local Renewables Model Communities’ Network Project. This Centre is powered by Solar PV.
5 The mayor’s and commissioner’s chambers at the Coimbatore Corporation were retrofitted with energy efficient lighting and cooling
6 The Coimbatore Corporation partnered with a private Energy Service Company (ESCo) to implement a large scale energy savings project for Coimbatore’s street lighting system. Savings from the project amount to 30% of the annual energy consumption!
7 The Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies installed solar powered garden lights with assistance from the Coimbatore Resource Centre


Rajkot and Coimbatore, as JNNURM mission cities, really represent what is happening on the ground in Indian cities today, and are well placed to be good models for replication in the rest of the country
Emani Kumar
Executive Director, ICLEI South Asia
The wind-solar PV hybrid system installed in Coimbatore as part of the Urban Climate Project is a real achievement in itself, and we are proud to promote it across the city and region
Anshul Mishra
IAS Municipal Commissioner, Coimbatore
Development that does not address issues of quality of life, pollution and climate change is not true development, and RMC’s efforts, along with the Urban Climate Project, strive to promote sustainable development
Dinesh Brahmbhatt
IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot
It is about building solutions for future generations and also improving communities in the more immediate, short-term future (and to) join the global effort to combat climate change at a local level
Richard Alden Feldon
International Programs Coordinator, ICLEI USA
The Urban Climate Project is a real model that we need to replicate in other jurisdictions. It is at the local level where transformation is going to take place. This is a century of cities (and) reducing energy costs and improving efficiency: that is the challenge.
David Cadman
Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver and President, ICLEI
Programs such as the Urban Climate Project enable local elected officials to draw on a tremendous network of best practices.
Martin Chavez
Executive Director, ICLEI USA
Local governments are the innovators and incubators of change in terms of energy efficiency
Valerie Brown
Sustainability Director, Sonoma County, USA
NIUA will disseminate information about the Urban Climate Project to the 65 JNNURM cities through the PEARL network
Chetan Vaidya
Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
India is a priority country, and clean energy and climate change are priority initiatives
Jeremy Gustafson
Director, Clean Energy and Environment Division, USAID