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Chandigarh targets 75megawatt solar power generation by August 2023 | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has fixed a target of 75 megawatt (MW) solar power generation by August 15, 2023, undeterred by the coronavirus pandemic that had spoilt its earlier plans.
The administration and The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) has submitted its proposal to the Centre under ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign.

Debendra Dalai, UT special secretary environmentcum-CEO, Crest, said they have already started generating 45MW of solar power through different projects. They are aiming for additional 30 MW, including residential and government projects.
The administration had recently asked for progress in solar project installation in the city and a roadmap for further installation of solar plants from the Crest.
In a recent review meeting between the administration and department officials, the UT has asked the Crest to provide details of project in progress, in pipeline and those completed.
The ministry of new and renewable energy had enhanced the city’s solar power generation target from 50 MW to 69 MW to be achieved by 2022.
Recently, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) had also turned down the administration’s plea of implementing Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) model for solar plants installation in city.
Resco model was rejected for the city
The Crest moved JERC for implementing Resco model in city. The Crest 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 Resco 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 than the normal electricity rate 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.
The UT administration last year had extended the solar installation deadline till next March 31, 2021. But recently, the UT had not extended the deadline. Last year, the deadline was extended as lockdown was in force.





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