Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-05-07 20:04 Mangaluru: The Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) office has become the first urban development authority building in the entire state to install and commission a solar grid-tied power unit on its rooftop. Inaugurating the system and the renovated conference hall of MUDA office, Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo on Saturday said, “There is a need to install solar power panels in all government buildings so as to reduce dependency on Karnataka State Electricity Board. MUDA has become an ideal urban development authority as it has showed others how to become self-sufficient.” Speaking on the occasion, MLC Ivan D'Souza said Dakshina Kannada district stood second among 30 districts in the state when it came to generating solar power. “Government is also planning to allocate Rs3 lakh for 50 schools in Dakshina Kannada district for government and aided schools to install solar systems. Solar panels were installed at 11 police stations and colleges such as Nitte University and Father Muller Medical college have come forward to install the panels. Over 40 families of endosulfan victims were provided solar panels at the free of cost,” he said. MUDA Commissioner Mohammed Nazir said, “Orb Energy which designs and manufactures its own range of solar energy systems for domestic sale and export has installed a 25 KW solar grid-tied system at the cost of Rs 27.20 lakh. MUDA can save Rs 25,000 per month due to the panels,” he said adding that a total of Rs 12 lakh had been spent on the renovation of the conference hall.