According to reports, city residents have the option to convert their existing inverter into a solar one with 30% subsidy from the UT administration. As part of the incentive offered with financial assistance from ministry of new and renewable energy, 100 households will be chosen in the first phase.
Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has extended the last date for acceptance of applications till February-end.
UT director, environment and wildlife, Santosh Kumar said the scheme will not only give residents freedom from power cuts, but also save them from hefty electricity bills if they use the solar energy alternatively with the regular supply.
With a 500 watt solar panel, residents can get an inverter with a capacity of Volt-Ampere (VA) at a cost of Rs 24,000 after subsidy.
A team of UT administration officials had recently visited Germany to study the solar generation system being used there. A report is now being prepared on features that can be easily replicated here.
Meanwhile, the science and technology department is also working on a system whereby power generated from solar panels during the daytime can be utilized fully by lighting up houses and feeding excess power to the grid.
Whenever, solar power is not available due to a cloudy day, the building loads can be served by drawing power from the grid. Smart inverters can be used which automatically make out the power situation and always give preference to power generated from solar modules.