While the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has asked the UT administration to carry out a demand survey for installation of rooftop solar plants under the Renewable Energy Service Company (Resco) model, the administration has put the information about the scheme on web portal www.solarchandigarh.com, where interested consumers can apply for the same.
As residents were not coming forward for installation of solar plants because of initial capital investment, the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in the city, has decided to install solar plants under the Resco model, which was approved by UT administrator V P Singh Badnore.
Debendra Dalai, director, Crest, said the scheme of Crest for installation of rooftop SPV Power Plants on Resco with Built Operate Transfer (BOT) model under which a total of approximately 2,400 SPV power plants have been proposed to be installed on a first come first serve basis. The detailed information of the scheme is available on the web portal. Interested consumers can apply on web portal i.e. www.solarchandigarh.com. The capacity of plants will be 5 to 10kWp for residential sectors.
Under the Resco model, the UT will rope in private companies where they will install solar plants on private properties. In return, the building owner will be charged a much lesser tariff (Rs 3.44 per unit) for the solar-produced electricity in the tariff bills as compared to normal electricity tariff (Rs 2.75 to Rs 5.20 per unit). The plant will be installed for around a period of 15 years (the details of exact years will be finalised after tender process), and after that the house owner will be given the power plant.
The building owner and private company will sign an agreement. The plant will be installed under net metering mode, whereby a solar power system will be connected to the electrical connection of a building owner and solar energy exported to the grid will be adjusted in terms of units imported from the electricity department during a billing cycle.
Dalai also said the building owner will have to pay Rs 3.44 per unit fixed tariff for 15 years, whereas in the current scenario there is a power tariff hike every year. Besides, a solar plant has a life of around 25 years, which means, after 15 years for the next 10 years, the building owner will not pay even a single penny for power consumption.
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