Taking a step towards renewable energy, the power department of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to install solar panels at more than 100 buildings within their jurisdiction.Under the Smart City project, solar panels would be installed at 102 buildings of which 28 would produce 1.5 MW energy and 74 would generate 1MW power, a senior NDMC official said.The council has already installed panels at 45 buildings that produces 3.1MW power that is consumed by the buildings and the remaining gets transmitted to the power grid that reduces the load on the thermal power plant and also brings down pollution levels.
“We are trying to explore new avenues to produce energy. Once all the solar panels are installed we will be able to generate up to 5.6MW of power,” the official said. “The demand for net meter connection is gradually increasing. We have got requests for 22 connections already and the number is only expected to increase by the end of this year,” he said.
The official added that, “At the time of billing, we will check the energy levels that were produced and the amount transmitted to the power grid. If any household generated energy more than they could consume, we plan to purchase it from them either by paying or by adjusting their bills in accordance with the DERC guidelines.”