Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon plans mandatory solar panels in all new buildings

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[ezcol_1half]GURGAON: It could soon be mandatory in Gurgaon to install rooftop solar panels in all new homes, housing societies and commercial buildings.

Convinced that a long-term solution to the city’s power crisis lies in the obligatory use of renewable energy, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is planning to make changes in its rulebook and link the installation of solar panels to building plan approvals. This means once the proposal is cleared, no new house or office building in the city will get civic clearance if the rooftop solar panel is not a part of the layout plan. The MCG plans to eventually extend this rule to all buildings in the city. But the immediate focus is only on new buildings, though a final decision is yet to be taken.

A senior official in the MCG’s engineering department said, “The power crisis in the city is going from bad to worse with each passing year and there is no relief in sight. This is the primary reason why we are planning to make it mandatory for building owners to install these solar panels so that they can themselves produce power and use it instead of having to depend on other non-renewable sources of electricity. If they don’t agree to do so, we will not approve their plan. This is the only way we can push residents to go for renewable energy.”

[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]The MCG is also planning to incentivize new house or building-owners by providing tax rebates as solar rooftop panels don’t come cheap. At the lower end, a panel with a capacity between 3.5kW and 4.5kW that can power a 1BHK home costs about Rs 4 lakh. Home-owners, officials said, would be given a 5%-10% annual rebate on property tax for installing these panels. “Another way to promote this plan is to give rebates to those who have already installed such systems or do so of their own will,” the engineering department official said.

The MCG, the official added, was in talks with the ministry of renewable energy to finalize the plan.

While the civic body works out the quantum of solar power generation it intends to make compulsory in proportion with the size of a house or a plot, sources the rollout would happen with commercial buildings. “Commercial buildings will come under this clause initially as they are the ones that consume maximum power and some of them also operate 24X7.”

Source : TimesofIndia


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