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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, July 03, 2013
Though Chandigarh has completed just three solar power projects after being declared as a model solar city in 2008, union minister of new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah appreciated the efforts being put in by the UT administration in making Chandigarh a solar city.
The minister was in city for inaugurating the 50 KW grid interactive rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at Paryavaran Bhawan, Sector 19, and 100 KW grid interactive rooftop based solar photovoltaic power plant at Model Jail, Burail.

Under the model solar city project, the administration had to set up 12-rooftop based solar photovoltaic power plants, but so far it has been able to install just three plants at Sector 19 Paryavaran Bhawan, Model Burail Jail and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46.

While taking to media persons on the sidelines of the inauguration function, Farooq Abdullah called for participation of private players for the success of model solar city concept.

He said, “We will need to attract all private agencies and public to install solar photovoltaic power plant on their rooftops for which he stressed the need for wider publicity.” He informed that ministry of new and renewable energy is taking lot of efforts under national solar mission for use of more solar energy for day-to-day needs.

The minister first inaugurated the 50 KW grid interactive rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at Paryavaran Bhawan. The cost of the power plant is Rs. 90.40 lakh and it will generate 65,000 units of electricity per year.

Abdullah also inaugurated 100 KW grid interactive rooftop based solar photovoltaic power plant at Model Jail, Burail, making it the first jail of the country to have solar power plant on its rooftop.

Earlier in the day, Abdullah met UT administrator and Punjab governor Shivraj Patil to discuss various issues concerning solar city projects.

The inaugural function was attended by UT adviser KK Sharma, finance secretary VK Singh, secretary science and technology DK Tiwari, director science and technology Santosh Kumar and other senior officers of the administration.

The solar photovoltaic power plant projects are being executed by Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST).

Farooq Abdullah drove the car to both the venues himself and addressed the media persons in Punjabi.