There are around 10,000 such houses in different parts of the city.Till date, only 50% of houses have installed solar plants. The estate office is the custodian of all the buildings – both commercial and residential – in the city.
Earlier, the deadline was set for May 6, 2018, but was later extended to November 17, 2018.The ministry of new and renewable energy had enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50MW to 69MW, to be achieved by 2022, through net and gross metering.
Local authorities are struggling to meet the target due to shortage of space in the city, which is spread in an area of just 114sqkm.Crest has only managed to install a solar power plant with a capacity of 24MW in the past six years.
It will have to ensure generation of 45MW within four years to meet the target under the model solar city project.Those who fail to install solar power plants despite directions from the UT administration will be served notice by the UT estate office. CHANDIGARH: As the UT Administration has extended its deadline to install solar plants by June 30, the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) has planned to spread awareness about use of solar energy through different social media platforms.
A senior UT official said the administration wants to reach out to every resident of city to encourage him to install solar panels.“This shall be treated as last extension and no further extension shall be granted beyond June 30, 2019,” a notification issued by UT chief administrator Ajoy Kumar Sinha read.Crest, the nodal agency for installation of solar panels in Chandigarh, had recently proposed to extend the deadline by six months.
Though the deadline for installing rooftop solar power plants in residential properties in Chandigarh expired on November 17, the CREST had decided to continue accepting the applications.The administration, in a notification issued on May 18, 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory in residential houses measuring 500 square yards and above and group housing societies.