Chandigarh, The Voice of Chandigarh : An Awareness Workshop on “Green Chandigarh-Solar Chandigarh” was organized on the occasion of ‘Akshay Urja Divas’ i.e. on 19th August, 2016, by CREST [Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science & Technology Promotion Society] in collaboration with Yuvsatta-an NGO at Community Centre, Sector 19B, Chandigarh, where representatives of FOSWAC, Resident Welfare Associations and representatives of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal were invited to sensitize and explain about the installation of Rooftop Solar Power Plants in Chandigarh.
Before inaugurating the Workshop, Parimal Rai, IAS, Worthy Adviser to the Administrator flagged off a Rally of around 100 school students from C.L. Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sec. 7B, Chandigarh creating awareness about ‘Solar Chandigarh’. The prime aim behind the campaign is to motivate people towards the use of renewable energy resources like solar energy to control carbon emissions.
After that the Workshop was inaugurated by Worthy Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh. It was also attended by Anurag Aggarwal, IAS, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Science & Tech.) Chandigarh, Santosh Kumar, Director(S&T) & CEO,CREST, S.C.Saini, Nodal Officer (Solar), Electricity Deptt. and other Officers/ officials of Chandigarh Administration, Baljinder Singh Bittu, President, FOSWAC, representatives of Resident Welfare Associations, Arun Bora, President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.
Parimal Rai, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, while giving his inaugural address informed that Chandigarh Administration is fully committed to develop Chandigarh as a Model Solar City. He emphasized that renewable energy is the need of the hour and it is high time that cities of India which are major source of electricity consumption start producing solar energy. He exhorted the representatives of Resident Welfare Associations to take aggressive steps on installation of Solar Power Plants to propagate it among residents of Chandigarh.
On this occasion, Chief Guest distributed following Solar Power Award, 2016 to the EPC Contractors/ Solar Energy Developers based on their performance in last year and asked them to make more efforts to take their Solar products to more and more households in Chandigarh :-
- Highest Installation in Residential Sectors in UT, Chandigarh
- Highest Installation in Not for Profit Registered Organizations other than Government in UT, Chandigarh.
- Highest Installation without subsidy by EPC Contractors in UT, Chandigarh
- Highest Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Projects through CREST in UT, Chandigarh as on 31st July 2016.
- Timely Execution of Projects of CREST in UT, Chandigarh.
- Highest Energy Generated per KW/Annum as on 31st July 2016 in UT, Chandigarh.
In this connection, Chief Guest also announced that Rs.1.00 Lac cash award shall be given to the best performing Resident Welfare Association based on the performance of maximum Solar Installations on the occasion of next Independence Day i.e. 15th August, 2017.
On this occasion, Pramod Sharma, Convenor, Yuvsatta was also given award for their outstanding performance by NGO for promotion of solar energy in UT Chandigarh.
Santosh Kumar, IFS, Director (Science & Tech) & CEO (CREST) informed that JERC has notified a new Solar Net Metering/ Gross Metering guidelines wherein any resident of Chandigarh can produce Solar Power and can either sell it directly to Chandigarh Electricity Department or can consume it and carry forward the excess if any for the next month. The Solar Tariff for 2016-17 is recently out and it is very remunerative. Now up to 10KW Solar Plant capacity one can earn @ Rs 9.18 per unit of solar electricity produced. He also explained in detail about the procedure involved.
On this occasion, representatives of IDBI Bank were present who informed the people how to get loan under House building category for the Solar Power Plant.