Chief minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated Delhi's first solar power plant, which is also the city's smallest, generating one-megawatt of electricity, on Tuesday.
"Delhi has been taking steps to subscribe to clean power sources. That's why two waste-to-energy plants are coming up in the city. The solar power plant is also part of such initiatives," Dikshit said.
"In terms of the amount of power produced, it may not be much but it's a huge step in terms of generating clean power," she said.
Incidentally, the one megawatt plant is the country's largest solar power project in any city area.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy secretary Deepak Gupta said energy sources such as solar would be the next big thing in the country because the government was committed to multiply the generation figures manifold.
"The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has set a target of generating 20000 MW of solar power by 2022," he said.
The solar panels are installed on the roof of a central store of discom North Delhi Power Limited in Keshavpuram in Northwest Delhi. At a cost of around R20 crore, the plant has been set up by Tata BP Solar.
"The one megawatt plant is a logical extension of the several kilowatt-scale solar power plants we have already commissioned over the years," said K Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar.
The Tatas will also set up solar panels on the rooftops of around 56 of its grid substations in north and northwest Delhi with a cumulative capacity 2.5-3 MW.