SUBJECT :Solar Energy 

 Installation of rooftop solar plants on residential, commercial and government buildings of plot size of 100 square yards or more could become mandatory in the city, a move that would give a big push to solar power and make Chandigarh the second place in the country after Haryana to have such a rule.

UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev on Monday would chair a high-level meeting with all head of departments of the administration to discuss the norms of the science and technology department on kilowatt solar plants required atop buildings and seek their approval.

The administration has set a target to generate 100 megawatt (MW) solar power by 2020 following Prime Minster Narendra Modi call to set up 100,000MW (100 gigawatt) of solar plants in the country by 2022.

Santosh Kumar, director, science and technology department, said, "As solar energy is crucial, the exercise to make solar plants mandatory is important. If we want to fulfil our target by 2020, we will have to go for it and educate people about its worth."

Haryana emerged the first state to make solar plants mandatory atop government, residential and private buildings of 500 square yards after issuing an order on September 3, 2014.

A UT official said, "As the centre has been constantly telling us to make solar plants mandatory, we studied the concept of Haryana government and prepared our own norms and clauses. Chandigarh has already been doing remarkable job in producing solar power."


The clause would be incorporated in the building bylaws of the UT administration if approved. It would then cover all newly constructed houses and other establishments.


Plot Size (in sq yards) | Capacity

Up to to 100 | Nil

100 to 500 | 1 kWp or 100 litre solar heating system

500 to 1,000 | 1 kWp

1,000 to 3,000 | 2 kWp

More than 3,000 | 3 kWp

All private educational institutes, schools, colleges, hotels, technical, vocational education institutes

Universities having connected load of 30kW | 5 kWp

All new housing complexes on plot size

. 05 acre to 1acre | 10 kWp plant

Source: Times of India