Rooftop solar for Delhi schools to save 4 GW electricity daily

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Civic agency North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has initiated work on its mega project for installing solar power rooftop plants at 30 model schools, four hospitals and four zonal office buildings. The project will help it save at least 4,300 units of electricity every day.

State-run Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited will install solar rooftop plants at 30 school buildings, while the cost of the project will be incurred by the north corporation, reported Economic Times while sharing the details.

The 30 schools will get a plant each, with capacity of 1 MW in all.

“These will help civic agency to save 3,000 units of electricity every month through net metering,” said Veena Virmani, standing committee chairperson, north corporation, in the report.

With net metering, excess electricity generated will be sent back to the grid and the north corporation will be charged for the difference between electricity consumed and electricity sent back.

As for hospitals including Balakram, Kasturba, Rajan Babu Infectious Disease and Girdhari Lal Maternity hospitals, north corporation plans to install solar panels of 150, 30, 50 and 40 kilowatt capacity through Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

“A private company will invest money in installing the plants and regular maintenance work for certain time period. The corporation will only provide the space or rooftop. The company will supply electricity produced through solar plants at minimum rates. In our case, the company will provide electricity at lowest rate (Rs 3.99 per kilowatt) for 25 years,” a corporation official said in the report.

The zonal office buildings in Keshavpuram, Rajpura Road, Narela and Karol Bagh will also install RESCO model solar plants of 30, 70, 45 and 20 KW capacity, respectively.

Work at these sites will commence soon and is expected to complete by end of June, according to the official.