The UT administration has asked for progress in the solar power project and a roadmap for installation in the city.
In a recent review meeting between the administration and the department officials, the UT has asked Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) to provide details of projects in progress, in the pipeline and those completed. The UT has also sought details of solar power generation from these projects.
The ministry of new and renewable energy had enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50 megawatt (MW) to 69 MW, to be achieved by 2022. Till date, the UT has achieved generation of around 40 MW. The UT had planned to achieve more than the target fixed, setting own target of 100MW by 2022.
Recently, Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) had turned down administration’s plea of implementing Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) model for solar plants installation in city. Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), had moved JERC for implementing the Resco model.
The society had proposed this model after the approval of UT administrator V P Singh Badnore as residents were wary of the initial capital investment.
Under the model, the UT had planned that private companies will install solar-energy plants on private property, and in return, charge the building owner a much lower tariff (Rs 3.44 per unit) than the normal electricity rate (Rs 2.75 to Rs 5.20) for about 15 years (or whatever period is agreed in the tender). Thereafter the house owner will get the plant. The building owner and the private company will sign a deal. The plant will be installed under the net metering mode, whereby a solar-energy unit is connected to the building’s electricity system and the solar energy exported to the grid is adjusted in terms of units imported from the electricity department during a billing cycle.