UT adviser seeks year-wise action plan for solar plant installation

UT adviser Dharam Pal has directed the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) to submit detailed year-wise action plan to achieve 69 megawatt (MW) solar power generation.

During a review meeting on Monday, it was observed that many residential houses, industrial buildings, commercial buildings and institutional buildings etc had not complied with the order of mandatory installation of solar power plant in Chandigarh.

UT adviser Dharam Pal said directions have been issued asking all such building owners to install solar power plants as per building bylaws immediately, failing which necessary action would be taken against them.

The administration had recently filed filed a review petition before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for implementation of Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) model for solar plant installation in the city. The power regulatory commission had turned down the UT administration’s plea for implementing Resco model. The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), had moved JERC for implementing Resco model in city. Crest, nodal officer for the project, had proposed this model after approval of former UT administrator V P Singh Badnore, as residents were wary of the initial capital investment.

Box: UT generates 46 MW solar power

The ministry of new and renewable energy has enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50 megawatt (MW) to 69 MW, to be achieved by 2022. Till date, the UT has achieved generation of around 46 MW.

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