Maharashtra government calls for solar panels on terraces and roofs of housing companies

Harness the power of the sun. This is what the government wants from people. The Maharashtra government urged them to install solar panels on the terraces and roofs of housing companies. Policy is in place and incentives are available, but the response has been poor.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further affected plans to install solar panels on the roofs of housing companies, especially in a city like Mumbai. Energy experts say one of the fundamental reasons for the obstacle is the non-availability of space.

“During the lockdown, the terrace of most residential buildings and towers became a walking space and was used for recreation. There is no guarantee on the duration of the Covid waves. installed, this walking space is occupied. A 1 A kilowatt rooftop solar power plant requires an area of ​​about 10 square meters, “said an electrical expert.

The rooftop solar net metering system has been around for at least 3 years. Additionally, earlier this week, power companies announced that housing companies were eligible for a subsidy of between 20 and 40 percent of the total cost. These companies can also benefit from central financial assistance from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies (MNRE).

The reason for this subsidy is the poor response of solar panels on the roofs of residential companies. For example, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) company stated that it did not have any residential or housing consumer companies using rooftop solar panels and that there were few commercial facilities using this. program.

“Until now, this program for residential companies has not been overseen by BEST. Only now are we sending messages to consumers urging them to install solar panels on rooftops,” an official said. BEST.

BEST is sending messages to consumers stating: “The Ministry of New and Renewable Energies (MNRE), GOI, has introduced the Phase II Rooftop Solar Program to provide financial assistance for the installation of rooftop solar panels for residential consumers. For more details, please visit our website www.bestundertaking.com ‘.

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) received a better response with 950 consumers installing rooftop solar panels. As part of AEML’s “Go Green” program, the project cost per kWp for the installation of a photovoltaic solar system on the roof varies from Rs 34,000 to Rs 46,000 depending on the capacity of the plant chosen by the customer.

“Residential customers who opt for a capacity of up to 3 kWp will receive a 40% subsidy, while those who opt between 3 kWp and up to 10 kWp will receive a 20% subsidy and collective housing companies for installations Commons up to 500 kWp (@ 0 kWp per house) will get a 20 percent subsidy on the cost of the project. The cost includes GST and other related costs such as design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning and full maintenance for 5 years, ”the AEML statement read.

When Tata Power, which also supplies electricity to Mumbai, was approached for its views on the project, its spokesperson said TPC would not be able to comment.

Overall, the solar photovoltaic system has a lifespan of almost 25 years once installed. Due to grants awarded under the program, clients will be able to recover their costs within 2-3 years. Sources said that a system with a capacity of 11.05 kWp can mitigate 339 tonnes of CO2 over the life of the system, and is equivalent to planting 548 mature trees over the life of the system.

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Posted on: Saturday Aug 28, 2021 3:48 PM IST

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