NEW DELHI: Power distribution company BSES Rajdhani launched the second segment of its solar city initiative by Delhi power minister Satyendar Jain in west Delhi’s Shakur Basti on Sunday. The segment follows the success of the first phase in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka.
In this phase, the company aims to install rooftop solar power plants with a generation capacity of about 15MegaWatt (MW) at several group housing societies and government colonies in Shakur Basti, Paschim Vihar and neighbouring residential areas in the next few years. BSES officials said they are likely to complete the installation and start generation of 5MW of solar power in the next one and a half years.
“Apart from JJ Clusters, Shakur Basti is home to several colonies like Paschim Vihar and apartment complexes like IFCI, Saakshara, Matriyi, Navbharat, Pragati, Priyadarshani and DDA Flats, and has a substantial rooftop solar potential of around 15MW. In its ‘Solarise Shakur Basti’ initiative, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited is targeting around 5MW of roof-top net metering from the area by FY 2019-2020,” BRPL CEO Amal Sinha said.
To promote ‘clean and green’ power, Delhi cabinet in September gave its nod to ‘Mukhyamantri Solar Power Scheme’, paving way for cooperative housing societies to sign a tri-partite agreement with the power department and private companies for installation of solar panel on rooftops of the buildings.
The societies will be able to utilise the energy produced to light up the common area, run elevators in the building, run water pumps and other such activities by paying just one rupee per unit. Though solar energy generation would cost about Rs3 per unit, the Delhi government will give a generation based incentive (GBI) of Rs2 on each unit of electricity consumed by the housing societies.
BSES officials said under Phase I, around 100 societies signed-up for installation of solar panels to generate 6MW electricity. “Of these, about 1.5MW solar plants have already been energised in 25 societies. The work at the remaining societies is at different stages,” said an official.