Most govt buildings don’t have solar panel

The target of achieving 2400 MW (capacity) of installed rooftop solar panel is a slow work in progress.

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Bangalore, November 21, 2017: Only five of 20 government buildings in the city have rooftop solar panels. BESCOM statistcs show that a total of 500 KW(capacity) of solar panels are installed on Government buildings which include High Court of Karnataka, Vidhan Soudha, Vikas Soudha and BESCOM itself.

The Solar Policy 2014-2021 of the government of Karnataka has a target of 2,400 MW (capacity) of installed rooftop solar panels in Karnataka by 2022. However, the government has achieved 98MW of installed capacity so far.

Mrs. Lalitambha, Assistant Technical Officer at Ministry of Renewable Energy Ltd., Bangalore said, “Due to investment problems, the government buildings in Bangalore don’t have a significant capacity of solar installation. We are looking for public-private partnership model to work in our favor. Secondly, the maximum tariff that Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) can give for commissioned projects is Rs. 4 per unit, whereas the tariff demanded cannot get lower than Rs. 6.”

“To reach the target of 2400 MW of installed capacity by 2022, the Government is encouraging private players like schools, colleges, commercial buildings and households by giving them subsidies and loans,” she added.
Currently Vidhana Soudha and High Court have an installed capacity of 50 KW and 200 KW respectively.
Mr. Basvaraju, Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Solar Cell, BESCOM, said, “A proposal has been made to issue tenders to install rooftop solar panels of a cumulative capacity of 9.5MW over some of the Government Buildings, but the process would take a year or so.”

Mr. Pratim, Assistant Technical officer at SELCO, said, “We need to have optimum utilization of resources. Instead of putting solar panels on Government buildings, we can rather have them in villages and rural areas where transmission of electricity is a problem.”

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