Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday inaugurated the 15 KWp (Kilo Watt peak) solar cycle stand and green house at Government Middle School, Sector 46D on Saturday.
The solar cycle stand has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 18.58 lakh from Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund.
The project was executed by Chandigarh Renewal Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) - a society under department of science and technology, union territory, Chandigarh.
Among others present on the occasion included city mayor Harphool Chandar Kalyan, director, science and technology, Santosh Kumar.
Interacting with the media, Bansal appreciated the efforts taken by science and technology department in developing Chandigarh as model solar city and promoting renewable energy options like solar energy. He informed that in future, "more emphasis would be given to promote its use by private individuals on the rooftop of their houses".
Bansal emphasised that the solar cycle stand was a new concept where we could generate green power besides parking of cycles under the shaded area.
"We can also harvest rain water for charging ground water," said Bansal.
He informed that more such solar cycle stands would be constructed under the MPLAD scheme.
This solar-based cycle stand is the first solar cycle stand in the northern region. The capacity of the SPV power plant is 15KWp, while covered area of this cycle stand is 1,050 square feet where more than 100 cycles can be accommodated.
This solar power plant would generate more than 20,000 units of electricity per annum.