South Delhi Municipal Corporation aims to install solar panels in schools

South Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to install solar panels at majority of its schools, community centres, and administrative buildings by March 2021 of next year. The civic body estimates that the 13 MW solar panels would produce about Rs 90 million in yearly revenue, in addition to removing the cost of energy at the selected buildings. There are already 209 school buildings with solar panels that can generate 7.3 million units of electricity, with a total generation capacity of 9.3 MW.

The installation of 5-kilowatt panels in 177 buildings is now underway. SDMC plans to install solar panels with a capacity of 20 kilowatts in the remaining buildings with larger roofs and has signed a memorandum of understanding with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Limited. Furthermore, the SDMC has made profit by offering the excess solar electricity to BSESRajdhani Power Limited (BRPL).

In recent years, the Delhi government has taken some steps to restrict the use of fossil fuels in power generation.The state distribution companies in Delhi, BRPL and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), have launched campaigns and programmes to incentivise solar uptake at the community level. In November 2020, BRPL and BYPL, in partnership with SmartPower, a US-based non-profit organisation, launched a campaign of 8-10 weeks to encourage domestic consumers to set up rooftop solar systems.

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