Solar panels reduce bills by 50%: Delhi Power Minister

Under the Mukhyamantri Solar Power Yojana, Delhi government’s flagship scheme launched in 2018, 146 MW solar capacity has been achieved in 2,900-odd installations that has helped reduce 500 tons CO2-eq emissions daily, Delhi power minister Satyendar Jain said.

“Immediately after the AAP government came to power, the rooftop installations of solar panels began and has progressed with a significant pace. We have installed these panels in schools, markets, institutions and everywhere possible,” a release quoting Jain stated on Wednesday.

It added that the panels were also being installed at housing societies to facilitate common utilities like parking, lift, clubs and gym. “This initiative has reduced the electricity bill from Rs 10 per unit to Rs 1 in these households. Apart from this, the overall electricity bill of these societies has also reduced by 50%,” Jain said.

According to the release, last year, 25% of the societies in Dwarka availed the scheme. It also explained that if any society wanted to install solar panels, Delhi government provided subsidy worth 30% of the cost of the plant.

Manish Yadav, project manager, Revanta, a company that helps set up solar plants under the scheme, said, the electricity bill in the housing societies with solar plant has been reduced by 50%. “Solar panels of mono-crystalline modules, which save electricity better, have been installed in the housing societies. The subsidy reaches directly to the beneficiaries. Apart from the residential societies, schools, colleges, hospitals and NGOs can also avail the benefits,” Yadav said.

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