KOLKATA, June 29: The state government is planning to set up
rooftop grid connected Solar PV power plants in 1,000 schools in West Bengal,
power and non-conventional energy sources minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told
the Assembly today.
Replying to a question, Chattopadhyay said the solar panels would be installed
at 1,000 schools and in all state government offices.
Under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), the West Bengal State
Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) will invest Rs 43 crore for
setting up rooftop solar PV power plants in the next five years.
So far power plants of total six MW (approximate) capacity have been set up
throughout the state.
Some of the important projects are Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers
Limited (100KWp), Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (HT)
(37.5KWp), Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir, Belur Math (153.4KWp), Dinabandhu
Andrews College (20KWp), Modernland Girls' High School (10KWP) and Bijioygarh
Vidyapith (10KWp), the minister said in his speech.
Private sector organisations have also set up this kind of power plants and
such organisations included - Auckland Jute Mill (500KWp), Patton International
Limited (Behala Works) (100Kwp), ILEAD Foundation, Matheswartala Road (20Kwp),
This rooftop power plant with Net-metering facility has drastically reduced
monthly energy bill of institutions, he said adding that this success has
brought a paradigm shift in the state's approach towards setting up of Solar PV
Later talking to reporters, Chattopadhyay said that installations at 302
educational institutions have already been completed.