The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for net zero energy building pilot project in the presence of joint secretary, ministry of power, Jyoti Arora and chairman and managing director, Haryana power distribution corporations, Devender Singh, here.
An official release said that the MoU was signed for the planned building of the nigam to be constructed at Sector 14, Panchkula. AK Grover, director, projects, UHBVN, and Sanjay Seth, energy economist, BEE, signed the MoU.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the BEE has offered technical assistance to the UHBVN to achieve net zero energy status for the nigam's corporate office.
Speaking on the occasion, Arora said that this would be the first net-zero energy building of Haryana state. The ministry of power had already approved net zero regulations for implementation in India. She said that a technical committee would be constituted to plan design, monitor periodic construction of the building and maximise energy efficiency. Solar photo-voltic plant would be installed in the building to generate the required electricity. The electricity will be transmitted to grid and the nigam will draw the required power.
The new office building is likely to be constructed by June 30, 2015 and the usage of solar energy would help decrease dependence on imported fuel, contribute to higher greenhouse gas emissions, and strain the country's fossil fuel dependent infrastructure.