SUBJECT :Energy 

The city is at the third pot when it comes to installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic plants with installation of about 5 MW overall capacity.

This was pointed out during a review meeting on model solar city programme of Chandigarh held at Punjab Raj Bhawan under the chairmanship of UT administrator Shivraj Patil.

Santosh Kumar, conservator and director, made a PowerPoint presentation of the progress made so far in respect of installation of rooftop solar plants.

He informed that as per latest data released by ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), the city is at third position in terms of installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic plants. The administrator told officials to sensitise people so that solar installations could take place on private houses/industries.

He directed that a massive awareness campaign should be taken throughout the city involving all stakeholders to popularise use of solar energy.

“T he recently- approved Solar Tariff and Net Metering Regulation, 2014, should be publicised so that people are made aware about its benefits,” he said, adding the MC should also start installing solar power plants on their buildings.

Meeting was also attended by UT adviser Vijay Dev, MP Singh, principal secretary to governor, finance secretary Sarvjit Singh, home secretary Anurag Agarwal, deputy commissioner Mohd Shayin, chief conservator and director science and technology, Santosh Kumar, chief engineer SK Chadha and other officers.

Source: 14 January, 2015, Hindustan Times