The Ludhiana Smart City mission will soon begin second phase of installation of rooftop solar panels and under this government schools and colleges will be covered. The Ludhiana Smart city limited and Punjab Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has signed an agreement wherein the latter will install the rooftop solar panels while funding will come through Smart City Mission. For this project the site survey is almost over and officials have claimed that by the last week of January orfirst week of February installation process will start.
According to the proposal, government schools, government colleges and meritorious schools will get rooftop solar panels. As many as 25 locations have been identified for the purpose. The total capacity of these rooftop panels will be around 800 kw and will cost Rs 4.03 crore. The PEDA has already conducted a site survey at the locations. The purpose of the project is to reduce hefty electricity bills at government educational institutions.
Talking about the project, PEDA director MP Singh claimed that they had signed an agreement with Ludhiana Smart City Limited last month and now site survey was also at finishing stage. He added that he was hopeful that the project would start shortly and, baring any glitches, it will be over in the next 4-5 months.
Meanwhile, superintending engineer of Smart City Mission Rahul Gagneja said, “We have asked PEDA to complete the said project for Smart City Mission and will make payment as soon as the work is completed.” He added that once functional, there would be visible reduction in the annual bills of these educational institutions.
Notably, under the Smart City Mission’s phase I of installation of solar panels, 20 MC buildings got panel for generation of energy, resulting in reduction of electricity bills. In these buildings all zonal and sub zonal offices of MC, Guru Nanak Stadium, fire brigade offices, Indoor Stadium and MC workshop were covered. Terming the phase I to be a success, the officials concerned have claimed that they were able to save a lot in electricity bills and that was why the second phase would soon be initiated.
Referred from economic times, dated Jan 13 2020.