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DJB to use solar energy to power its installations

The Delhi Jal Board has planned to harness solar energy amounting to 20KW by setting up solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at various places.

Taking a step towards reducing its expenditure on electricity, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Sunday announced that it was considering solar energy as an alternate source of power for running its installations.

In this financial year, the DJB has planned to harness solar energy amounting to 20KW by setting up solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at various places. “We will install grid connected rooftop solar PV systems at different installations and use the electricity generated for running them,” a senior official said.

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According to DJB officials, the project is aimed at generating energy with low maintenance costs.

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“Once the PV panels have been installed and are working at maximum efficiency, there is only a small amount of maintenance required each year to ensure that the panels are in working order,” the DJB official said.

With the project being undertaken in three phases, the first step would involve the installation of grid connecting rooftop solar power at booster pumping stations and water treatment plants in Haiderpur, Sonia Vihar, Bawana and Bhagirathi.

Elaborating on the second phase of the project, the official said, “Phase-II of the implementation will extend the project and includes 25 years of comprehensive operation and maintenance at various sewage treatment plants and booster pumping stations.” The third phase would involve setting up solar power systems in unused open spaces owned by the DJB.

Officials said while the project is expected to generate 2.1 crore units, the measure is expected to result in an annual saving of Rs 3 crore.

First published on: 03-08-2015 at 03:16:15 am
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