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Chandigarh a Union Territory (UT) of India is lagging behind its rooftop solar target of 2022. The Central government has allocated it the target of 69 MW but Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has only managed to install only 22 MW in the last six years. The government envisages Chandigarh as a model solar city. CREST will have to install 47 MW in the next four years. Therefore to make things moving Chandigarh administration has sought details of spaces available for solar rooftop in the Union Territory (UT).

Installation of Rooftop Solar in Chandigarh is mandatory for buildings of all sizes

CREST in 2016 had set May 6, 2018, as the deadline for installing solar plants at residential and industrial buildings. Recently it had extended the deadline to November 17. For buildings measuring between 500 square yards and 999 square yards, installing SPV of 1kwp capacity has been made mandatory. The building measuring between 1,000 square yards and 2,999 square yards have to install a solar power plant of 2kwp. For buildings that are 3,000 square yards or more in size, a 3kwp solar plant is a must.

Around 260 government buildings and 255 private buildings in Chandigarh have rooftop solar plants. These plants are generating 28 million units (MU) per year. The government buildings are producing the bulk of power out of this.

But despite a mandatory notice the growth of solar rooftop plants in Chandigarh has failed to pace up. There are several reasons for it. Now as the deadline of Central government is fast approaching the administration is also getting pretty serious with it. It has therefore written a letter to different department heads to provide the details of spaces to make way for the installation of solar rooftop power plants.

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Post Author: Ankur Kumar Jha

Founder SolarDae || MBA Power Management || B.E (Mechanical)

Ankur analyses mainstream media coverage of renewable energy in general and solar in particular; he tracks the ongoing development of regulations and policies and incorporates them in his opinion. He can be reached at +91-8860726731 for any assistance in rooftop solar and utility-scale projects.

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