NEW DELHI: By installing rooftop solar plant, connected to a 100KW grid, the Shiv Bhole Cooperative Group Housing Society in Dwarka became the first CGHS to go live as part of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited’s (BRPL) solar city initiative.
The solar plant is the first one launched on January 7 this year, under the Solarise Dwarka initiative being implemented by BRPL in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ India) under its Indo-German solar partnership project. The plant was inaugurated by Dr Wolfram Klein, head of Division India, South Asia German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in presence of Amal Sinha, CEO-BRPL.
The solar plant installed at the housing society would save roughly Rs 4,500 annually for each of the 60 households in the society. The plant has been installed by Green Ripples Pvt Ltd following RESCO business model. RESCO model entails providing electricity as a service at a cost identified through the competitive bidding, which in this case is Rs 2.66/kWh net of generation-based incentive and is around Rs 2.40/kWh less than the tariff from BRPL.
The bidding was administered by the Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited for 84MWp capacity. Residents of the society are quite enthusiastic about the solar plant.
Anant Kumar, president of the society’s association said, “In view of the potential cost savings and environmental benefits, the society members took an unanimous decision to install the rooftop solar”. He added, “The business model offered by the installer wherein the society doesn’t have to invest any amount, led to the quick decision.”
Solarise Dwarka initiative aims at raising awareness through outreach campaigns for aggregating demand of solar rooftop systems. On the occasion, Dr Winfried Damm, energy cluster coordinator at GIZ, said, “The solar plant will be able to offset around 32% of a resident’s annual carbon emission.”