Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), has proposed 10 solar power projects. These will be used to produce 75 megawatts of electricity it targets. The proposed projects are planed to build by next year August.
Dharam Pal, a UT advisor, had recently asked for reports about these proposals. Crest has generated 48 MW of solar power, while the 75 MW target was for August 15, 2023. Crest will also construct two floating solar power plants in the City under the ‘Azadika Amrit Mahotsav campaign. One at Sector 39 waterworks, and one at Dhanas lake. The UT advisor was briefed by Crest CEO Debendra Dalai, while details have already been shared with the Centre by the administration.
Crest’s executive committee approved the tender for a 2 MWp floating solar power station at Sector 39 waterworks, and an 800kWp solar plant in Sector 42 lake parking.
The plant in Sector 39 will cost Rs 11.70 cr, while the one at Sector 42 will cost about Rs 4.66 cr. CEO Dalai stated that the plant at the waterworks would cost Rs 11.70 cr. He stated that the first plant will allow the MC to earn a revenue amount of Rs 1.38 crore per year. 70%, or Rs 97.21 million, will go to UT and 30%, or Rs 41.66 lakh to the MC.
The ministry of renewable and new energy (MNRE) had increased the city’s target for solar power generation from 50 MW up to 69 MW. This goal was to be met by 2022. The UT has so far reached 48 MW.