BESCOM Wins National Award for Solar Rooftop Programme
S purred by the national award for its solar rooftop installation project, BESCOM has set a target of generating 50 MW through installations by year end. BESCOM consultant Satish Kumar, who received the award on behalf of the company, from Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Shri Piyush Goyal, said, “The state was selected for the award because the installation and power generation is purely done by people, without any government support. Of the 7 MW being generated by rooftop installations, 80 per cent of it is generated in Bengaluru while the remaining is from the installations in Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagaram, and Channapatna. BESCOM has set a target of generating 50 MW by year end and hopes to reach 100 MW in the next three years. Interestingly, the demand for the installations from poultries in rural areas is very high. The company wants to tap the potential in this sector and aims to generate 1 MW from this sector”.
Kumar further said, “BESCOM won the award because the rooftop installation project is driven by the people and like in other states, no government funds are involved in it. Tamil Nadu Electricity Board generates 30 MW but it is funded by the state government under various government schemes.