Even as energy security and moving to renewable sources is the buzzword, the Chandigarh department of science and technology has discontinued subsidy on installation of solar water heating systems, following a decision to this effect from the ministry of new and renewable energy.
So, city residents will now have to shell out more for installing solar water heating system. The department was provided 30% subsidy of the cost of the system, with the Centre providing 25% subsidy.
Santosh Kumar, CEO, Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), said the subsidy was given to promote solar water heating systems.
“There has been a considerable fall in the price of solar water heating system and people can afford it without any financial help,” said Santosh Kumar.
For the 2014-14 fiscal, the central government had earmarked rs 13 crore for the promotion of solar energy. A senior official said the decision to discontinue subsidy will hurt the ambition of administration to make the city a model solar city.
What is CREST and its role
The CREST executes rooftop solar photovoltaic cell projects on the behalf of the department of science and technology with central financial assistance from the union ministry of new and renewable energy. These projects are being installed on the rooftop of government buildings. These rooftop based SPV projects have been tendered and the work has been allotted to the successful bidder which includes installation of SPV power plants and its operation and maintenance for next 10 years. The installer of these power plants is expected to operate and maintain the power plant for 10 years. The expected life of a rooftop based power plant is 30 years. A solar power plant should be able to generate minimum electricity of 1,300 units (kwhr) per annum.
USE THE SUN TO HEAT YOUR WATER THIS WINTER
100 liters per day: rs22,100
200 liters per day: rs39,100
300 liters per day: rs5,100