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Minister launches Chandigarh as ‘Model Solar City’

According to reports, Chandigarh as a ‘Model Solar City’ was formally launched by minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday.

The minister first inaugurated 50 KWp grid interactive rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at Paryavaran Bhawan, sector 19B.

The cost of the power plant is Rs 90.40 lakh (50% contribution from MNRE) with 10 years operation and maintenance.

The executing agency is M/s Sova Power Ltd, Kolkata. The plant will be able to generate 65,000 units of electricity per year.

The cost of the Power Plant is Rs 143 lakh (50% contribution from MNRE, Govt of India) with 10 years operation and maintenance.

On this occasion, Farooq Abdullah said Model Solar City concept shall be successful only when we are able to attract all the private agencies and public to install Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant on their rooftops for which he stressed the need for wider publicity.

He informed the media present that ministry of new and renewable energy is taking a lot of efforts under National Solar Mission for use of more and more Solar Energy for day-to-day needs.

Earlier in the day, Farooq Abdullah met UT Administrator, and discussed various issues concerning Solar City Projects.

The Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant Projects are being executed by CREST [Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science & Technology Promotion Society] and at present 1860 KWp Solar Photovoltaic Systems at 12 different government buildings are under installation stage and likely to be completed within 2-3 months.

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