Government houses in Chandigarh now have to pay ₹250 for Solar installation. The area limit of such houses will be either 1 kanal( i.e., 505.857 sq. meters) or more.
The rate was approved by Punjab governor and UT administrator V P Singh Badnore. ₹250 will be charged for solar installations upto 1kW in all the government houses in Chandigarh.
All high profile personalities like senior bureaucrats, judges, ministers, doctors and other senior rank officers of Punjab, Haryana and Central government are residing in these houses in the city. A net count of around 350 to 400 government houses located in 11 sectors of the city ensures ample space for installation of rooftop solar panels. All houses have an area of 1 to 6.5 kanals (1 kanal equals 505.857 sq. meters).
The administration has decided to install at least two kilowatts solar power plant in each government house. Renewable energy department states that two kilowatts solar panel would generate between 200 to 250 units of power on a monthly basis. As per initial estimates, this will reduce the power bill by Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200.
An official of the UT administration said,
“The charges were approved by the administrator recently. The file is being processed by the finance department of the administration to decide the mode of payment and other aspects. Once the mode has been decided, the notification or order will be issued.”
This move is going to build better eco-friendly homes in the city.
Source: Times of India
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