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New Delhi Municipal Council Unveils Draft Solar Policy 2022

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New Delhi Municipal Council Unveils Draft Solar Policy 2022

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New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has come out with its draft solar policy 2022 inviting residential properties/institutions/offices to install solar panels on their building rooftops to switch to solar energy.

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Wednesday saw the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), announce the draft of its Solar Policy 2022. This policy was created with the vision of converting the area to use 100 percent green energy by 2024. At a corporation meeting, the draft was approved by council members. Satish Upadhyay, Vice-Chairman of NDMC, stated that the structure for the policy was ready and would be finalised after receiving suggestions from all stakeholders.

The draft NDMC Solar Policy-2022 states that the 100 percent distribution figure will apply to any solar energy generating unit with a minimum of 1 KW power. This policy is applicable to all electricity consumers in the NDMC region, as well as all entities operating solar power plants within the NDMC. The NDMC will promote grid-connected solar power plants. It stated that all grid-connected solar plants must comply with the CA (Grid Standards), Regulations 2013, and other norms.

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“We will start by converting all our government buildings, hospitals, educational institutes, embassies, stadiums, bridges, public toilets, bus stops, and kiosks as consumers of solar power. An audit of all existing rooftop solar panels in the NDMC area will be initiated for the project,” Upadhyay said.

“Before transitioning to a 100 per cent renewable power source, the solar electricity system will complement the existing power infrastructure in managing the peak electricity demands,” he added.

He further said, “Our daily daytime peak demand curve broadly matches the power generation curve of the solar system. It will help us manage peak time demands more efficiently. Besides, energy produced by rooftop systems is mostly consumed at, or near, the point of generation. It will allow us to minimize the transmission and distribution losses of power.”

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