The Chandigarh administration has exempted residents from taking mandatory clearance from the electricity department required for commissioning a plant up to 10 kw peak (kWp).
This has made the process of installing rooftop solar power plants (SPV) easy for the residents.
According to the Solar Rooftop and Metering Regulations, 2015, of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), any one intends to set up a rooftop solar power plant (SPV), has to move an application with a prescribed fee of Rs 50 per kWp to the electricity department for grant of permission in doing so.
After checking the feasibility factor, the electricity department issues a letter of approval or rejection to the applicant. After getting a nod from the department, the applicant sets up the plant and submits the work completion report confirming that the plant has been installed according to the approved standards and specifications.
Only after the verification of the site by the department, the plant is allowed to be commissioned for net-metering.
Santosh Kumar, the UT director environment and CEO of the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), said now the residents will not have to take electrical clearance for commissioning of solar plants. “The UT adviser has given his approval for giving exemption to residents and the file has been sent to the UT administrator for final approval,” he said.
Santosh added that they are working on streamlining the process of obtaining the required permissions for setting up of rooftop solar power plants. “Efforts are on for making the entire process hassle-free,” he said.
In 2008, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had selected Chandigarh to develop it as a model solar city. The administration aims to generate 100MW by 2022.
Under the government category, Chandigarh has been ranked the number one city in the country in the installation of solar rooftop plants. So far, solar panels have been installed on 101 buildings.
However, for residential buildings, only around 80 applications have been received for setting up of rooftop SPV power plants.
To help the city residents, CREST has empanelled 27 agencies for installing rooftop grid solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plants on residential buildings.
The Centre is providing a subsidy of 30 per cent for installing SPV power plants, which will be paid after commissioning of the project. For setting up 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 Rs 75,000.
Santosh said the administration is making all the efforts to generate awareness among public for installing solar plants.