No electrical inspection for solar plants up to 250kWp, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Chandigarh: In order to achieve the 69MW solar power generation target that the ministry of new and renewable energy has set for 2022 after upgrading it from 50MW, the UT management has now decided that there will be no electrical inspection for the installation of solar plants from up to 250 kWp (kilowatts peak).

The decision was made in a review meeting that the UT consultant Manoj Parida held with the heads of different departments to resolve differences and encourage them to work as a team. Sources said the electrical inspection used to take about four months.

Speaking to TOI, Debendra Dalai, director of the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), said that this important decision would cover the installation of all solar plants in the residential category and even government plants in up to 250 kWp.

Furthermore, it was also decided that the electrical department would deliver a technical feasibility report within a week to further speed up the installation, he added.

Crest is the nodal agency for the installation of solar projects in the city, but coordination was required with the departments of engineering, electricity, urban planning, the main office of architects and the municipal corporation of the UT.

Sources said these departments had raised objections time and again and created obstacles in the installation of key solar projects, delaying them or increasing their costs. The objections were related to design, home inspection and no objection to the projects.

Management has reached a target of 37.5MW as of now.

To encourage the people, the central government had even given 5 million rupees to the administration, which is being used to transfer the solar subsidy to residents.

The government had recently notified the new subsidy scheme for rooftop solar units, in which the subsidy amount has been raised from 30% to 40% for panels up to 3kWp capacity. For units from 4kWp to 10kWp, the subsidy will be 20%. There will be no subsidy for plants above 10kWp. Previously, a 30% grant was awarded to all applicants, regardless of plant capacity.