Central new and renewable energy ministry secretary Upendra Tripathy inaugurated a 495 kWp grid interactive rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at Government College for Girls, Sector 11.
Even while appreciating the Chandigarh administration's efforts of making the city a Model Solar City by installing solar rooftop plants in government buildings, he said the administration should now promote usage of the technology on an individual level.
UT science and technology director Santosh Kumar informed the gathering that a 495kWp rooftop SPV power plant has been installed by Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST).
The new solar plant at the college, which has been set up at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, including operation and maintenance charge for 10 years, will first meet the college's power needs during the day.
Any excess energy will be transferred the Chandigarh electricity department.
A bi-directional energy meter has also been installed to provide readings of the annual import of power from the electricity department and export of solar power to the department.
A state of the art technology inverter has also been installed in the SPV power plant to enable one to see power generation and other operational parameters of the plant online.