Tribune news service
Chandigarh, January 14
Soon, city residents will not have to pay any upfront amount for the installation of solar plants at their houses. The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in the city, has finalised a scheme under which the firm will install the plant without taking any amount from the owners of the houses.
The owners will have to give only space on the rooftop to the firm and they will get electricity at Rs 2 per unit less than the existing rates for the next 15 years even if the electricity rate increases. After the completion of the fixed period, the company will hand over the solar plant to the owner. The firm will recover the cost by selling the energy produced from the plant. Sources said CREST had sent the proposal for approval to the Electricity Department.
Debendra Dalai, Director-cum-CEO of CREST, said once they got consent of the Electricity Department, a tender would be floated to invite companies. He said the move would help the Administration in achieving the target of generating 69 MW of solar energy by 2022. The UT Administration has fixed March 2020 deadline for the installation of solar plants and decided not to extend it further.