In its endeavour to make Chandigarh first renewable city, the Chandigarh administration is all set to install country’s largest solar photovoltaic power capacity of 20 MW over water storage reservoirs.
The UT administration has also tied up with Municipal Corporation to set up solar roof top plants over community centres across the city.
“All government buildings have been provided with solar photovoltaic roof top plants in Chandigarh and now work is in progress to set up such plants on raw water storage tanks and community centres in the city,” home secretary, Chandigarh administration Anurag Aggarwal said while speaking
at CII Annual Session 2017-18. He said that a capacity of 20 MW solar roof top have already been installed in government buildings.
Aggrawal said that the response by private owners of buildings to roof top solar installations have been placid in the city. “Placid response to roof top solar installations by owners of private buildings has resulted in just 2 MW of solar roof top capacity in the last 18 months,” he said.
He said that the UT Administration and Municipal Corporation are ready to install solar power installations over water reservoirs Municipal Corporation mayor Davesh Moudgil, speaking at the occasion, said that the corporation has approached Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) to set up solar roof top plants over 42 odd community centres in the city.
“Even though we plan to explore solar, hydel as well as wind energy for renewable energy resources but cost of energy cannot be allowed to go up,” Aggarwal said. Aggarwal said that JERC has come up with lucrative tariffs for sale of power to the grid.