To push for solar rooftop power plants (SPV) in Chandigarh, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has increased the subsidy of 30 per cent for installing solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plants on residential and other private buildings from 400 kilowatt (kW) to 10 mega watt (MW). With this step, the administration aims to generate 100 MW by 2022 and at present is struggling to attract city residents towards solar power.
Santosh Kumar, CEO of Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) said that the decision of the government will enable more people to avail the subsidy. “The ministry has increased the limit of subsidies and it will help us in achieving our target of generating 100 MW by 2020,” said Kumar.
Besides residential buildings, Kumar said that non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private hospitals and schools are eligible for availing the subsidy.
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Chandigarh has been ranked number one city in the country in the installation of solar rooftop plants on government building. It has managed to install solar panels on around 110 buildings. However, it is lagging behind in the residential category. As per official figures, only 66 SPV power plants have been installed so far.
To counter the problem, CREST has framed building by-laws making installation of SPV power plant on new private buildings mandatory. The owners of old buildings will be required to install SPV power plant with in two years of notification of building bye-laws.
As per the proposed bye-laws, which have been approved by UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, one kW-peak (kWp) plant has been made mandatory for residential buildings constructed on areas measuring 500 to 1,000 square yard. For buildings constructed on 1,000 to 3,000 square yard, SPV of two KWp has been made mandatory. For buildings on more then 3,000 square yard, SPV plant of three kWp will have to be installed. Installation of solar plants have been made mandatory in all the private schools, hospitals and commercial buildings.
CREST has empanelled 27 agencies for installing rooftop grid SPV power plants. For setting up of a plant of 1kWp to up to 5kWp, Rs 85,000 would be required. Similarly, one has to shell out Rs 80,000 to install a solar plant of more than 5kWp to up to 10KWp. To install a solar plant of more than 10kWp to up to 20kWp, one requires