CHANDIGARH: The Centre has sought report on the progress of Solar City project from the Chandigarh Administration.
A senior UT official said that recently they received communication from the Centre regarding submission progress report of solar city project. Accordingly, they have sought report from the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in Chandigarh. Soon they will submit the report to the centre, he added.
The official further added that Crest is already putting its efforts to achieve the target of 69 megawatt set by the ministry of new and renewable energy, which is to be achieved by 2022.
The UT administration had already approved the detailed project report (DPR) of installation of 800kW solar power plants worth Rs 4.5 crore at the parking area of the new lake at Sector 42. Out of 800kW, 90kW solar energy would be reserved for charging e-vehicles.
The DPR was approved by the principal secretary of science and technology and renewable energy department Arun Kumar, who is also the principal home secretary, Chandigarh. It will be the first of its kind charging station for the electricity-run vehicles in Chandigarh.
Crest also planned to install a 3 megawatt (MW) solar plant on the N-choe, a seasonal rivulet that passes through Garden of Springs, Sector 53, at the southern end of Chandigarh. It would be first of its kind solar plant on the N-choe.
The UT Administration had recently notified extension of solar plants in Chandigarh by June 30. As per notification issued by UT Chief Administrator Ajoy Kumar Sinha, “This shall be treated as last extension and no further extension shall be granted beyond June 30, 2019”. The Crest had had recently proposed to extend deadline to install solar plants by six months. Though the deadline for installing rooftop solar power plants at residential properties in Chandigarh expired on November 17 last year, the Crest had decided to continue accepting the applications.