CHANDIGARH: Moving ahead with the solar city mission, the UT administration has planned to generate more than 60 megawatt (MW) in two years i.e. in 2021and 2022.
The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency to install solar plants in Chandigarh, has already prepared a plan, which will be implemented with the coordination of different departments, including electricity department, municipal corporation, education department, engineering department and prisons department.
Recently, the UT administration had decided that there will be no electrical inspection for installation of solar plants up to 250 KwP. The decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by UT adviser Manoj Parida with the heads of different departments to sort out differences and encourage them to work as a team.
The administration has achieved a target of 37.5 MW as of now. To encourage people for installing solar projects, the central government had even released Rs 5 crore to the administration, which is being used as solar subsidy for residents, who had installed solar plants on their rooftops. The administration had decided to use this amount for transferring subsidy amounts in the account of eligible beneficiaries.
The government had recently notified the new subsidy scheme for the rooftop solar units, wherein the subsidy amount has been raised from 30% to 40% for panels up to 3 kWp capacity. For solar units from 4 kWp to 10 kWp, the subsidy will be 20%. There will be no subsidy for plants above 10kWp. Earlier, 30% subsidy was given to all applicants irrespective of the capacity of the plant.