• German experts visit rooftop solar photovoltaic plants installed in Chandigarh

Support to Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society

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Chandigarh is the first planned city in India and is known for its architecture and urban design. It is a union territory in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana. As a union territory, the city is governed directly by the Union Government of India and is not part of either state. The Chandigarh Administration is keen to proliferate and scale up the solar rooftop development in the city and has been an active participant of the “Development of Solar Cities” programme notified by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) through The Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST), it’s nodal agency for promotion and development of projects based on non-conventional energy.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh has been actively pursuing towards development of solar power projects and meeting the requirement of the Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO) as notified by the Hon’ble Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC). The Chandigarh Administration is equally dedicated in development of solar rooftop projects in the city and is designated as a model solar city by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The administration has installed about 5 MW of rooftop solar photovoltaic plants in the city on government buildings.

The Chandigarh administration is now eager to facilitate the proliferation of solar rooftop photovoltaic projects in the city of Chandigarh in the domestic and commercial consumer category and wishes to establish more demonstration projects of identified capacity with the support from MNRE. It is envisaged that projects implemented under this scheme shall be entitled for financial support from the central govt. wherein MNRE is facilitating a 30% capital subsidy on development of such projects.

To create an enabling framework, CREST is in the process of getting the regulatory mechanism approved from JERC for development of solar rooftop projects. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is supporting the initiative by providing technical support through the project ComSolar implemented by GIZ in India. GIZ is supporting the city administration to develop Net Energy Metering Scheme and in providing inputs to Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) in developing regulations for ground mounted and solar rooftop photovoltaic projects with Net Energy Metering arrangement.

Summary

  • Chandigarh is the first planned city in India and the administration is keen to promote solar energy use on a large scale in the city
  • Appropriate recommendations for net energy metering is developed and submitted to Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission through CREST
  • The administration has already installed about 5 MW of rooftop solar plants and the commission is in process for notifying the regulations for promotion of ground mounted and rooftop solar plants