The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has made rooftop solar panels mandatory to partly meet the shortage of power in the city.
Initially, the focus would be on installation of solar panels on the rooftops of new buildings, but the step would eventually be extended to all buildings in Gurgaon.
The step comes on the heels of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) setting up four new substations in Gurgaon to overcome power shortage.
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Sources said henceforth, the MCG will clear a building plan only if it has provision for installation of solar panels on its rooftop.
A senior official in MCG’s engineering department said the municipal corporation was in talks with the Ministry of Renewable Energy to put in place the final plan regarding the provision of rooftop solar panels in buildings.
“This is a step towards conserving energy, which is the need of the hour. Also, this will allow residents to use this form of renewable energy instead of having to depend on other non-renewable sources of electricity,” the official said.
According to the official, all commercial buildings in Gurgaon which operate 24×7 will have to install solar panels on their rooftops as they consume maximum power.
Considering that solar panels are expensive, in order to get more and more housing societies to install them, the MCG is planning to provide tax rebate of 5-6 per cent on property tax.
HVPN is already planning to upgrade its transmission network to overcome power shortage. The company plans to set up four new sub-stations in Sectors 4, 20, 33 and 57.
The demand for power in Gurgaon is rising by 15-17 per cent every year. In the first week of June this year, the demand crossed 1,650 MV. The existing infrastructure can only handle a load of about 1,700 MV, lending urgency to the task of power infrastructure upgradation. Gurgaon’s power demand is likely to cross 1,900 MV by 2015.