CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has approved the detailed project report (DPR) of installation of 800 kW solar power plant worth Rs 4.5 crore at the parking area of New Lake here in Sector 42. Aiming to achieve the target of 69 MW set by the ministry of new and renewable energy by the year 2022, the work on this ambitious plant will start next year.
Out of 800 kW, 90 kW solar energy will be reserved for charging e-vehicles.
The DPR has been recently approved by the principal secretary of science and technology and renewable energy department Arun Kumar, who is also the principal home secretary, Chandigarh. It will be the first of its kind charging station for the electricity-run vehicles in Chandigarh.
Besides, the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in Chandigarh, has also planned to install 3 MW solar plant on N-choe, a seasonal rivulet that passes through Garden of Springs, Sector 53, at the southern end of Chandigarh. It will be the first of its kind solar plant on N-choe. The work on this plant will also start next year.
In addition to this, the UT administration under its Model Solar City project, has also planned to install 8 kW solar plant in city forest (Nagar Van) near Sukhna Lake, which will provide power supply to run three water fountains in city forest. These three fountains will be installed in water bodies inside city forest.
Besides, the UT administration had recently written a letter to different department heads to provide details of spaces available for installation of solar power plants to meet solar energy target set by the Union government.
A senior official of UT administration said that some of the departments have provided them a list of open spaces, which are under control of respective departments. Accordingly, the UT administration will install solar plants in those vacant spaces too in next year, the official added.
To encourage residents for installation of solar plants, the UT administration has already started transferring subsidy for installing solar plants on their rooftops, to residents, online. Earlier, the administration used to give cheques to residents. The Crest provides 30% subsidy to residents for installing solar panels.