Gujarat’s Energy Department today said it will have 5 MW of rooftop solar power generation capacity on PPP model at an estimated investment of Rs 50 crore.
“We have signed agreements with two companies, Azure Power and Sun Edison, to develop 2.5 MW of rooftop solar power each in North and Southern parts of Gandhinagar over the next one year,” Principal Secretary, Department of Energy and Petrochemicals, D J Pandian told reporters.
“Under this model, 80 per cent of government buildings and 20 per cent of residential premises would be covered. The terrace owners would get Rs 3 per unit as roof rent, and also electricity supply from such rooftop installations through the discoms,” he said.
The project would cover 60 buildings including Jeevraj Mehta (JM) Bhawan (old secretariat). The Bhawan is projected to have 17 lakh units clean generation capacity annually, thereby saving over Rs 50 lakh on power bills.
“Once commissioned, the projects would help the state cut down its electricity bills by over 25 per cent” Pandian said.
The 5 MW of rooftop solar power on commissioning is expected to generate 80 lakh units annually.
“The rooftop solar power generation model is proposed to be replicated in Surat, Vadodara, Mehsana, Rajkot and Bhavnagar as well,” Pandian said.