Around 350 sites in east Delhi, like community halls, offices and schools, will soon have solar panels on their rooftops. A proposal to install panels with the help of Solar Energy Corporation of India was approved at a standing committee meeting on Thursday.
The project aims to facilitate the implementation of the National Solar Mission. “A draft Memorandum of Understanding for the project has already been prepared in consensus with SECI,” said EDMC commissioner Vikas Anand. “These plants are supposed to be installed on a revenue-sharing basis.”
In 2018-19, solar plants of 325 KWP capacity were installed at 10 municipal buildings. Last financial year, EDMC managed to earn Rs 20 lakh after exporting the surplus power produced at these plants.
“We have 220 schools, 70 community halls, 40 health department buildings, including hospitals and offices, which can be utilised for installation of solar panels on rooftops. The system offers sustainable energy, environmental benefits, has a low gestation period and distribution losses,” said EDMC standing committee chairman Bir Singh Pawar. “We will be able to save lakhs of rupees on electricity bills and generate some revenue, too.”