Indraprastha Power Generation (IPGCL), the power generation arm of the Delhi government, is set to install 2.5 mw rooftop solar plants over several state-owned buildings spread across the city. These solar plants are expected to generate enough energy to power 1,500 homes and save Rs 55 lakh through lower electricity bills in buildings where they would be set up. The buildings, which include five educational institutions and Dilli Haat, come under the commercial tariff category that has an average tariff of about Rs 10.8/unit. CleanMax Solar, the company which has been awarded the contract for the installations, operates on a no investment ‘Opex’ model, where consumers do not have to pay for installation costs and pay as per their energy consumption.
Andrew Hines, the co-founder of the company, told FE that solar tariffs would be about 50% of existing electricity charges. Total installation costs would be around Rs 15 crore, he added. The Vidhan Sabha, Tis Hazaari court and Mandoli Jail are also lined up to be equipped with roof top solar plants under the scheme, sources said. About 12 acres of rooftop space would be used for solar power generation under the scheme.