THE YOUTH Innovative Society on Monday organized a ‘Solar Power Camp’ for residents and office bearers of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector 27. The society will install 100 kW of solar power generation systems on the rooftops of residential houses and commercial establishments. The solar power camp was jointly conducted by the Resident and Senior Citizen Association, and the Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST).
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Addressing the gathering, Santosh Kumar – the director of the Department of Science and Technology and CEO of CREST – said, “Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is renewable, which means we will never run out of it. It is about as natural a source of power as possible for electricity generation, and it requires little maintenance.”
He added that the Chandigarh Administration is dedicated to the development of solar rooftop projects in the city and that Chandigarh has been designated a model solar city by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The central government has set a target of 50MW rooftop solar power plants to be installed in Chandigarh by 2022. Of this,15 per cent has already been achieved by installing rooftop solar photovoltaic plants on over 145 government buildings.
The Chandigarh administration will also facilitate the proliferation of solar rooftop photovoltaic projects in the domestic and commercial consumer category, for which they are reaching out to different RWAs as well as NGOs like the Youth Innovative Society.
Addressing the gathering, Aashima Bhullar, AGM of IDBI Bank, said they are offering easy loans under the ‘Surya Shakti Scheme For Financing Roof Top Solar Power Plants’ for individual households to generate their own power and cut their power bills. She said all individuals/joint individuals are eligible for loans up to 85 per cent of project costs at attractive rates of interest and minimal paperwork.