After the state earned name for setting up the world’s largest rooftop solar power plant in the world at Beas, the government is now in the process of setting up solar power plants to provide renewable energy source to municipal corporations and councils in the state.
A meeting of the committee, formed to look after the work in the local government department, decided to set solar power plants on rooftops of buildings of all municipal corporations, councils and improvement trusts in the state to meet their energy requirement. The committee is headed by engineer-in-chief of the local government AK Kansal.
The information was given to HT by Mukul Soni, superintendent engineer, Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT), who is also a member of the committee.
“The project is still in the initial stage and we are currently working on various parameters related to the work,” said Soni.
In the first phase, he said, the government was planning to install rooftop solar power plants in five municipal corporations, four (Class-1) municipal councils and six improvement trusts in the state.
The local bodies would themselves bear the cost of work, he said.
The municipal corporations chosen for the first phase are Jalandhar, Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Patiala while Class-1 municipal councils are Mandi Gobindgarh, Nangal, Zirakpur and Faridkot.
The improvement trusts being planned to have rooftops are Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Patiala.
Officials said that they have already sent directions to the department concerned to pass a resolution on the same.
“First, we will assess the space available for installing the plant on the rooftop of every building and work on the basis as per the norms set by the Punjab Energy Development Board (PEDA),” said engineer-in-chief of local bodies’ government AK Kansal.