According to reports, the UT solar park would be built on the pattern of Narmada solar power plant in Gujarat on a stretch of land along seasonal PatialakiRao, where water flows only during two to three months.
At the same time, the Municipal Corporation will initiate installation of solar-based LED traffic lights, solar street lights, building integrated solar photo voltaic (PV) and other relevant solar products on a priority basis.
The ministry of new and renewable energy had identified Chandigarh as one of the 60 cities to be developed as a solar city as part of the national mission of solar energy. The underlying philosophy of the concept of solar city is to ensure that Chandigarha??s energy demand is met in affordable and environmental-friendly manner. It means that after cost effective efficiency and demand response, the city relies on renewable sources of power and distributed generation, to the extent possible.
For the proposed 250-MW solar plant based on concentrated photo-voltaic technology, an Israeli-based private company, MST, had visited the site in August 2007 on a request by the administration, but never submitted the detailed project report. The company emphasised that the use of this new technology in place of flat panel silicon technology would double the efficiency of the project, while the cost would be reduced by around 40%.
The team also visited the possible sites, Patiala ki Rao and Sukhna choe, for setting up the project.
Sources said the administration had even written to Punjab Engineering Development Agency (PEDA), an expert agency, to prepare a report on the proposal. In their presentation to the administration, TERI recently recommended setting up of a Solar PV based power plant of 25 MW capacity, the viability of which would be explored by inviting expression of interests.