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First roof top Solar PV of 1MW commissioned in North Delhi by North Delhi Power Limited

According to reports, The Capital’s tiniest power plant was commissioned yesterday. Using the sun’s energy from a rooftop in North Delhi’s Keshavpuram area, the city’s first solar power plant will generate one megawatt of electricity.

The Tata-owned electricity distributor North Delhi Power Limited tied up with Tata BP Solar over a year ago to set up the project and link it to the grid at a discounted cost. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has capped the cost of this power at Rs 17 per unit. On top of that, the Delhi government, too, has extended a subsidy to keep the cost of each unit coming out of the plant to about Rs 5.

“Delhi does not have unlimited space to set up conventional power plants. So, utilization of rooftops by installing photovoltaic panels is a great way of adding a source of power supply without deploying too much resources,” said a senior company official on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Setting up of solar power plants is also in line with the Delhi government’s Climate Change Agenda 2009 -2012. The Environment department already subsidises residents who install solar power panels on their rooftops, apart from chipping in for keeping the cost of this power low.

“The subsidies and other financial benefits available from both Central and state governments make solar power generation lucrative and viable,” he said.

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