According to reports, a department of the UT administration has decided to offer solar plants at a subsidized rate of 30% of its total cost to 300 private houses in the city, a move aimed at drawing Chandigarh nearer to the tag of solar city.
Solar plants of three categories, 1 kilowatt, 2 kilowatt and 3 kilowatt, would be provided to residents as per area of the houses. ‘We are going to send a quota of 300 houses to the ministry of renewable energy on Monday. Discussions with the officials have already been held. We have not identified the houses but made a general quota, so that each type could avail the facility in the first phase of this venture. We were trying for 50% subsidy, but the ministry agreed on 30%’, said Santosh Kumar, director, science and technology department, UT. ‘After getting the nod, we will identify the companies and advertise their names so that people could get the equipment installed. After the first phase, if more people show interest, they will also be accommodated as the ministry is keen to popularize solar plants in residential houses,’ Kumar added.
The Centre had selected Chandigarh and Nagpur as model solar cities, asking officials to equip government and private buildings with solar plants. At a panel discussion as part of TOI campaign, ‘Chandigarh-Back to the Future’, on June 9, UT administrator Shivraj Patil said the solar city project was a priority agenda for the administration and would be pursued aggressively.
Over half a dozen government buildings, including Paryavaran Bhawan, Burail Jail, Punjab Engineering College, government school of Sector 46 and police headquarters, have solar plants.
The cost of 1 kilowatt solar energy plant would fall between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.10 lakh, according to estimates of the science and technology department of the UT administration. The department had recently identified five government houses in Sector 7 for installing solar plants. Tender has been allotted to the company to install the equipment and the work was in progress.