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Suresh Bhardwaj, minister of urban development in Himachal Pradesh, said that the electricity savings from solar power systems installed at 66 government buildings in Shimla amount to Rs 1.85 crore.
He stated that the Smart City mission has provided the state with a model for solar energy.
The minister said in a Shimla press release that “first, the buildings were shortlisted to install the solar power system, for which HIMURJA had been the nodal agency.”
In January 2019, the first system was installed by Himachal Pradesh University (HPU). All 66 systems have a total of 2,500 kilowatt hours (Kwh). The city has saved Rs 1.84 crore by generating 39.16 lakh KwH electricity so far.
Minister further added that the government printing press, Himachal road Transport Workshop Taradevi and horticulture directorate as well as HPU hostels and HRTC’s old bus stand, DDU zonel hospital and Chakkar district courts have all saved more than Rs 3 Lakh on their power bills and generated more electricity than they consume.
Himachal Pradesh will work hard to ensure that 100% of its energy requirements are met by renewable and green energy. This was the main takeaway from Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s Budget speech last month.
According to the Himachal Pradesh government, the goal of becoming the first Green State can be achieved. It can be made possible by the PPA obligations from thermal power stations.
According to Himachal Pradesh, the thermal obligations must be either underwritten or purchased out. This could be done by striking a deal with the G-7 countries.