In an initiative to promote clean energy, BSES, one of Delhiâ€™s two electricity distribution companies (discoms), on Sunday launched the countryâ€™s first solar rooftop consumer aggregation programme for residential buildings to provide the installations at a single point for the entire apartment complex.
The sister discom BSES Rajdhani Power Ltdâ€™s (BRPL) â€œSolar City Initiativeâ€, designed to maximise rooftop solar power use in south and west Delhi, was launched at an event here by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain.
â€œTaking its commitment to promote renewables to the next level, BRPL, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) PACE-D and Indo-German Collaboration (GIZ) has launched an ambitious â€˜Solar City Initiativeâ€™,â€ a BSES release said.
â€œUnlike conventional methods, under this programme, rooftop solar installations will be provided at a single point for the entire apartment complex.â€
In the first phase of the programme, around 150 residential societies will be targeted in the Dwarka area.
â€œLooking at the response, the programme will be expanded to other residential segments across BSES,â€ it said.
Listing the benefits for consumers, the discom said a 1 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system is expected to generate 4-5 kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity per day, which corresponds to an average monthly saving on bills of about Rs 750 for a period of 25 years for single-point delivery consumers.
â€œMoreover, to set up the solar plant, a 30 per cent capital subsidy is provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy along with a Rs 2 per unit generation-based incentive allotted to a limited number of early projects by the Delhi government,â€ it said.
Besides, the scheme would help BRPL in meeting its renewable purchase obligation, as well as minimise overloading issues in congested areas during the peak summer months, the statement said.
â€œIt will also help us in achieving capex deferment for line replacement and unplanned grid up-gradation intermittently,â€ it added.
BSES also announced that a portal has been launched as part of the initiative for online processing of rooftop solar applications, as well as a dedicated solar helpline for faster resolution of customer queries.