NDMC plans solar installations in 40 buildings

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has identified 40 buildings for rooftop solar energy generation, by installing panels that provide clean energy in order to get accredited as the solar city, reported The Tribune.

Government buildings and offices are selected primarily for this project as there is no need of  no-objection certificate from any agency. Based on the response, this program will be extended to other private offices and buildings.

There will be an NDMC appointed operator to identify, design, erect, install, test, and commission rooftop solar units as per the norms defined by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Inviting tenders for this purpose  has begun already.

The New and Renewable Energy Ministry gave its approval for this initiative in February and civic agency area was declared as the first township to be nominated as a solar city. After the installation, New Delhi will be the second solar city in the country after Chandigarh.

As per the MoU signed between the NDMC and the Solar Energy Corporation of India, the civic body has to meet five percent of its total consumption needs through solar energy. NDMC have to procure and deliver all generated power to the NDMC grid on the basis of rates determined by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).

NDMC expects to produce 8MW solar energy within a year and the plan is expected to solve the energy crisis prevailing in the city.  NDMC consumes 350MVA of electricity daily during summer and 150MVA during winter.

The civic body contributes 16MW of electricity to 8,000 homes in the city by generating power using solid waste, to ease the power crisis.