In a recent development, the Chandigarh Administration has increased subsidy on the installation of rooftop solar panels. From now onwards, the owners will get 40% subsidy on rooftop solar panels upto 3KmWp, which is 10% higher than the earlier subsidy, Arun Kumar Gupta, UT home secretary informed.
While interacting with the stakeholders, he also said that the Central Government has already notified the new subsidy scheme for the rooftop solar units. The meeting was organized with the stakeholders to forward the benefits of increased subsidy. The owners with solar panel installation between 4 kWp to 10 kWp, will receive a subsidy of 20%.
Before this, 30% subsidy was offered to all but from now no-subsidy or zero subsidy will be granted to the solar panel plants above 10kWp.
In the meeting, Debendra Dalai, Director, Science and Technology and Renewable Energy, Chandigarh Administration, gave an overview of how they aim to transform the Chandigarh City into a Model Solar City. He also shared views on the simplification of process by the administration to encourage the citizens for installing rooftop solar units.
Apart from this, Pankaj Khanna, President, Industries Association, Chandigarh, sought extension in the deadline for solar plant installation. 30th September is the last date fixed by the Administration for the solar panel installation.
A notification was issued by the Administration on 18th May 2016, to make installation of rooftop solar power plants compulsory in all residential properties that are built on 500 square yards and more including the group housing societies.
The authority will issue Notices to the residents who fail to install the solar panels within the set deadline. There are approximately 10,000 such properties in the city. This includes more than 400 residential properties in Sector 8, 493 houses in Sector 11, 643 houses in Sector 33, and over 400 properties each in Sector 35 and 36 respectively.