The Administration of Union Territory (UT) of
Chandigarh is providing incentives to spur rooftop installations by private
developers. The Chandigarh administration has targeted rooftop installation goal
of 50 MW by 2022. The incentives announced include a central subsidy of 30
percent and an incentive for Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) in the UT.
Recently speaking at the inauguration of a solar
power project in Chandigarh, the city Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher
asked the citizens to actively participate in rooftop installations and to take
advantage of the 30 percent subsidy that is being provided by the government. A
source at the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science & Technology Promotion
Society (CREST) told Mercom that apart from the central subsidy, the UT
administration is providing a Rs.100,000 (~$1,501) cash award to the best
performing RWA in Chandigarh.
Power Tariff and Subsidy Approved by CREST
Elaborating on the incentive program, the CREST
official said that the UT administration is targeting rooftop installations for
2,000 residential homes over a one-year period. Among cities, Chandigarh is ranked
number one for rooftop installations on government buildings, he said. To date,
installations have been carried out in 120 buildings, but due to lack of information and awareness, the private sector
installations have not picked up. The official said that once the RWAs are
involved, the citizens will become aware of the benefits and this will help the
UT to attain its target.
The CREST has created a website dedicated
to providing clearances for rooftop installations by individuals or
institutions as part of ease of doing business. The Joint Electricity
Regulatory Commission for the state of Goa and Union Territories has mandated
that the power generated from these projects will not be subject to merit order
dispatch principle and will have a must-run status. According to CREST,
6.5 MW rooftop projects had been commissioned in Chandigarh as of March 31,
2016, and Mercom’s Rooftop Project Tracker indicates that a total of 8 MW of
rooftop capacity has been installed in the UT as of September, 2016.