According to reports, Central and State Governments are encouraging power production through solar energy. The programme of installing rooftop solar plants over the buildings of institutional areas is being comprehensively implemented across the State and the country. Under this scheme, orders for installation of solar power plants in 39 collector offices of the State have been issued by MP Urja Vikas Nigam.
The 39 solar power plants to be installed in the 39 collector offices of the state would have the capacity of 2495 KW. The total cost for these 39 solar power plants would be `17 crore on that the grant of Rs 4.74 crore from Government of India would be available. With the installation of these power plants electricity to the tune of 12500 units per day would be generated, that means 45 lakh units per year. This would save `3.65 crore of annual electricity bills of these offices.
The installation of solar power plants in the collector’s offices would bring remarkable reduction in the electricity bills besides the saving in the reduction in traditionally generated electricity would bring important improvement in the environment.
During the tenders called last days for implementation of the roof top scheme rates quoted in the state were lesser in comparison to other states. This would benefit the state and the common consumer of the state. The rates quoted are 27 per cent less than the Government of India standard rates.
Principal Secretary of New and Renewable Energy department and Managing Director of MP Urja Vikas Nigam informed that besides installation of solar power plants in collector offices installation of solar power plants at other Government buildings is under consideration.