Delhi eyes rooftop solar power
Delhi is trying to draw a few lessons from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model. Gandhinagar’s rent-a-roof project may help Delhi supplement the power supply in the capital with solar energy. If the model is replicated in Delhi, according to official sources, it has the potential to deliver 50-100 MW. This was discussed by the capital’s top bureaucrats with their Gujarat counterparts on Thursday.
On the direction of LG Najeeb Jung, three teams of senior officials have gone to the state to study the Gujarat model.
The two-day visit ends on Friday. Among the other things they are looking at are Ahmedabad‘s Sabarmati riverfront project and the CCTV-based city surveillance system in Surat. On Thursday, the teams visited the river and several solar power projects.
Senior officials told TOI that under the rent-a-roof project, residents give their rooftops on hire to private solar energy companies who in turn pay them Rs 3 for every unit of energy produced. Similarly, rooftops of government buildings like schools and hospitals are also leased out for solar panels.
A team, headed by Delhi’s principal secretary (power), visited several solar power projects, including the ones at Gandinagar secretariat, fly ash dyke and houses where solar power is being generated on terraces. The team also met Mr. D.J. Pandeyan, additional chief secretary (energy).
Source: Times of India
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