Chandigarh to tap more solar energy in Burail jail, schools, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has decided to install more solar plants in Model Burail Jail and government schools. Recently, the administration wrote a letter to all the departments, corporations and boards, asking them to provide details of spaces available with them on official buildings and other projects for installation of solar power plants to meet solar energy targets set by the Union government.

Sources said jail authorities have approached the UT administration to set up more plants at the parking lot of the jail complex. Already, a 100 KVA solar rooftop plant is functioning in the jail complex. Besides, the education department has also approached the administration to set up solar plants in parking lots of a few government schools.

The ministry of new and renewable energy enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50 megawatt (MW) to 69 MW, to be achieved by 2022. Till date, the UT has achieved 35MW generation. According to UT officials, solar power generation figures will touch 100MW in Chandigarh by 2022.

Recently, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore approved the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model for installation of solar plants on the rooftops of houses in the city. The administration has also moved a petition before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) seeking the commission’s approval for the project of the UT.

As residents were not coming forward for installation of solar plants because of the initial capital investment involved, the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in the city, decided to install solar plants under RESCO model.

Under it, the UT will rope in private companies, which will install solar plants on private properties. In return, the building owner will be charged a much lesser tariff (Rs 3.44 per unit) for solar-produced electricity as compared to normal electricity tariff (Rs 2.75 to Rs 5.20 per unit). The plant will be installed for a period of around 15 years tentatively (exact time frame to be finalised after the tender process). Thereafter, the house owner will be given the power plant.

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