Faridabad city developed as pilot solar city in Haryana
Faridabad city of Haryana is being developed as pilot solar city for which the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has conveyed its sanction in-principle for providing financial assistance amounting to Rs 2.50 crore.
While stating this here today, a spokesman for Haryana Renewable Energy Department said an Akshay Urja Bhawan based on Energy Conservation and Solar Passive Architecture Techniques has been set up at Panchkula with an investment of Rs 11 crore as per Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and five star GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) rating. It is the first of its kind project in government sector in the state. He said the construction work of this building has been completed and it would be inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda on December 22,2012.
He said under Special Area Development Programme, a Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) power plant of 45 KW capacity costing Rs 72 lakh has been installed at Haryana Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh. Also, nine other SPV power plants each of 4.5 KW capacity costing Rs 94.50 lakh have been set up in district collectorate offices. He said during the current year, under off-grid programme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, solar power projects of 70 KW capacity have been set up in two private industries and one government institute with Central financial assistance of Rs 44 lakh.
The spokesperson also said 2301 LED street lighting systems with an investment of Rs 3.68 crore and 1034 SPV home lighting systems costing Rs 1.30 crore have been installed in various villages of the state and 11 districts of the state respectively during the current year.
He said a new scheme to provide subsidy on solar water heating systems has been implemented. Under this scheme, a subsidy at the rate of Rs 4000 for 100 Liters Per Day (LPD) capacity and Rs 8000 for 200 LPD capacity in FPC based and Rs 1500 for 100 LPD capacity and Rs 3000 for 200 LPD capacity in ETC based solar water heating systems is given to the residents of Haryana and employees of the state government residing in Chandigarh. He said under this programme, 110 families have sofar during the year been provided the subsidy of Rs 8.50 lakh on 22,000 LPD.
He said the state government is providing a rebate of Rs 1200, Rs 2400 and Rs 3600 in electricity bill of the beneficiaries who have installed domestic solar water heating systems of 100 LPD, 200 LPD and 300 LPD respectively. He said under the scheme, during the current year, a total rebate of Rs 2.64 lakh has sofar been provided to the users.
He said Haryana Renewable Energy Department has approved Captive Industrial Cogeneration Power Projects of 12.60 MW capacity costing Rs 60 crore during the year 2012 which would be commissioned by March 2013.
The Government of India would provide subsidy at a rate of Rs 20 lakh per MW for these projects.
The spokesperson further added that in order to create awareness about renewable energy technologies among the students of class VI and VIII, district level and State level essay writing competitions are being organised under which Rs 21,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 11,000 are being given as first, second and third prize and consolation prizes.
Such prizes amounting to Rs 3.01 lakh have been given to 221 students during the current year.