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Administration starts work on making Panchkula a solar city | Chandigarh News


PANCHKULA: The district administration is taking the initial steps needed to turn Panchkula into a city powered by solar energy.

In a meeting, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh instructed officials to set up a 2 megawatt solar power plant on seven acres of land at Naggal village in Barwala. The 8,000 units of electricity generated every day will be supplied to the power department.

The administration also plans to set up five megawatt solar power on five government buildings. Power generated from these buildings will be adjusted in the HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) electricity bill.

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Department of renewable energy, Haryana (HAREDA) officials working on the project said that one mega solar power plant requires minimum of three acres of land and Rs 3 crore.

Under the ‘Solar City – Green City’ project the administration will replace all street lights, government buildings lights and government residential house lights with LED lights. Plans to install solar plates on all industrial units in the district are also afoot.

A senior official working on the project said, “The plan is to generate 20% of the total 607 million units of everyday consumption in the district.”

Those using 30 kilowatt and above electricity in their industrial or commercial units will have to install the solar power system. The power department is preparing a list of all such units and notices will be issued to them. Electricity connections of units which fail to install the solar plants after receiving three notices will be cut.

Electricity buses

Following the solar city vision, the administration has made a plan to start electric city buses with the Haryana Roadways department.

Charging stations

Five solar charging stations are to be built in the city to promote electric vehicles, including HARERA Building in Sector-17, DC office Sector-1, UHBVN Building Sector-14, Municipal Corporation Community Center and a park.

HUDA rule for houses


Houses with over 500 square metre area will have to set up solar power plant to get permission for house construction.



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