NEW DELHI, June 20: Aiming
to generate solar power through rooftops of buildings and spare land under
South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the civic body today inked an MoU with Solar
Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) engaged SECI, a central public sector
undertaking under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, for setting up solar
power plants on the rooftops of the buildings and land owned by SDMC.
The target is to generate 20 megawatts of solar power under the agreement in a
period of two years, said a senior municipal corporation official.
The MoU, signed by SDMC chief engineer Firoz Ahmed and SECI managing director
Ashwini Kumar, would cost around Rs 12 crore in the first phase, in which set
up for generating 2 MW of power is to be done, said SDMC Commissioner P K Goel.
He added that in line with government rules, the civic body is likely to get a
subsidy of 25 per cent in the solar project costs.
Of the 20 MW, 10 MW power would be generated on roof tops of 400 buildings,
including schools, while remaining on spare vacant land of SDMC, he said.
The civic body will make available rooftops of municipal buildings on zero
lease rental basis to the SECI.
Both parties have agreed to collaborate, identify and develop potential sites
for execution of solar power projects.
SECI, an expert in the sector, will undertake all the activities pertaining to
planning, design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, commissioning,
operation and maintenance of grid connected rooftop solar plants, he said.
It will also coordinate with local discoms in association with SDMC for net
metering of the generated solar power as per the prevailing regulation of the
Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, he said.
The solar electricity generated on rooftop will be used by the SDMC offices,
whereas that generated on the spare vacant land will be sold to the discoms, he
Besides reducing power bill and curbing pollution, the project will also
benefit SDMC which will avail the achievement-linked incentive scheme launched
recently by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, that offers up to 25 per
cent incentive on standard project cost in case 100 per cent target is
achieved, he added.