Debendra Dalai, CEO of Chandigarh Renewable Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), said they had proposed to extend the deadline because of many factors like lockdown, shortage of manpower with companies for installation of solar plants
CHANDIGARH: Providing major relief to city residents, the UT administration has extended the solar installation deadline till March 31, 2021. The recent deadline had ended on March 31 and as lockdown was in force, the UT had decided not to impose any penalty on residents till the situation improved.
Debendra Dalai, CEO of Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), said they had proposed to extend the deadline because of many factors like lockdown, shortage of manpower with companies for installation of solar plants on residential houses and concern of residents of allowing people to enter their houses for installation of plants due to coronavirus.
The proposal was submitted before UT administrator VP Singh Badnore, who has now given approval to extend the deadline till March 31, 2021, he said.
The notification in this regard would be issued soon, Dalai added. Recently, the Union government had released Rs 5 crore to the UT administration that would be used to transfer solar subsidy to residents, who had installed solar plants on their rooftops.
UT proposed RESCO model
As residents were not coming forward for installation of solar plants because of initial capital investment, Crest has also decided to start renewable energy service company (RESCO) model.
The UT will rope in companies under RESCO model, where they will install solar plants at private properties. In return, the building owner will be charged much lesser tariff for the solar-produced electricity in the tariff bills as compared to normal tariffs.