CHANDIGARH: During the Crawfed meet, director of department of environment and chief conservator of forests Debendra Dalai said that Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) would propose provision of installation of solar plants at residential societies.
“On the request of residents, the department has already extended the last date of installation of solar plants.
“The new deadline of June 30 will not be extended further, therefore the residents should start installing plants as per their power requirements,” Dalai said.
At the meeting, residents said the authorities were not allowing societies to install solar plants on rooftops of buildings. Dalai assured that the request would be acknowledged.
He added that 71% of Chandigarh is already drawing its electricity needs from renewable energy. “The target is to reach 75% by 2022. By 2025, entire Chandigarh will operate on renewable energy,” Dalai added.
Meanwhile, residents highlighted that vendors were using aluminum when it comes to installation of solar plant instead of copper, which is mandatory as per the norms. “The department will work on it and issue instructions to all its vendors,” the official said.