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In Ludhiana, 20 Municipal Corporation buildings to be solar powered

Five more MC buildings will get solar panels as the company handling installation of roof top solar systems has demanded more 
space. Earlier, civic officials made a list of 15 buildings that would be solar powered. The number has now reached 20. 
Installation of solar panels will start from the MC Zone A building after Diwali.

Ludhiana: Five more Municipal Corporation buildings will get solar panels as the company handling installation of roof top solar systems has demanded more space. Earlier, civic officials made a list of 15 buildings that would be solar powered. The number has now reached 20. Installation of solar panels will start from the MC Zone A building after Diwali.

This is the first project to be taken up under the smart city mission more than two years after Ludhiana made it to the list of 20 cities to be developed as smart cities by the Union government. More than three months have passed since the MC issued work orders to the company on the second anniversary of the smart city mission on June 25.

Solar panels are to be installed at all four zonal offices of the MC, fire stations at the local bus stand and Hambran Road, MC buildings at Gill Road and multi-level car parking near Mata Rani Chowk. The total roof area of these buildings is 3,075 square meters. A few zonal offices have also been taken up for the purpose.

New buildings to be added to the list include commissioner, camp office, MC workshop on Hambran Road, squash court, swimming pool and Shastri Badminton Hall, after a final nod from the CEO, Ludhiana Smart City Limited-cum-MC commissioner Jaskiran Singh.

An official said installation of solar systems at MC offices would help the department utilise solar power and reduce electricity bills. According to him, the department is paying more than Rs 6.5 lakh per month in the form of electricity bills for four main MC offices. They expect monetary benefits worth Rs 49 lakh from the installation of solar panels.

Executive engineer, MC light branch Balwinder Singh said the executing agency, BHEL, has been asked to start installation of the panels as soon as possible. Rooftop solar panels are being installed under the PAN city component of the smart city mission. The total project cost is Rs 3.53 crore and total potential of solar panels is 470 KWP (kilo watt peak) from which annual electricity generation is estimated to 70,500 kilo watt hour.  (Source The Economics Times)

 

NEWS - INTERNATIONAL

At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.

The Solar Village, where all 13 teams’ houses are standing for the competition, is now open to the public.

With scoring under way on three of the 10 competition categories — Heath & Comfort, Appliances, and Home Life — Northwestern was tied with Swiss Team and UC Berkeley/U of Denver on the three segments in Health & Comfort — temperature, humidity and indoor air quality.

According to the DOE, teams earn full points in Health & Comfort for maintaining:

  • Temperatures between 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 74 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Relative humidity between 35 percent and 60 percent
  • Indoor CO2 levels at less than 1,000 parts per million
  • A tight building envelope that minimizes airflow from the outside to the inside of the house and from the inside to the outside

FAQ's on Solar Energy

Q. What Is A Solar Rooftop System?

In a solar rooftop system, the solar panels are installed in the roof of any residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. This can be of two types (i) Solar Rooftop System with storage facility using battery, and (ii) Grid Connected Solar Rooftop System.

Q. What Is A Solar Rooftop System With Storage Facility?

Such rooftop system has battery as storage facility. The solar electricity is stored in the battery and can be utilized during night also when the sun is not available.

Q. What Is A Grid Connected Solar Rooftop System?

In grid connected rooftop or small SPV system, the DC power generated from SPV panel is converted to AC power using power conditioning unit and is fed to the grid either of 33 kV/11 kV three phase lines or of 440/220 Volt three/single phase.

Q. What Is The Average Cost Of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Systems?

The average cost of grid connected rooftop solar systems is about Rs. 75 per watt or Rs.7.0 Crore per MWp capacity.

Q. What Are The Fiscal Incentives Are Available For Solar Rooftop Systemi0ijs?

There are provisions ofconcessional import duty/excise duty exemption, accelerated depreciation and tax holiday for setting up of grid connected rooftop power plants.

Q. What Is The Size Of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar System?

The rooftop solar systems from 1 kWp upto 500 kWp or in combination can be set up on the roofs.

Q. How Much Roof Area Is Required To Set Up The Grid Connected Rooftop Solar System?

About 10sq.m area is required to set up 1 kWp grid connected rooftop solar system.

Q. What Efforts Government Is Making To Providing Loans For Solar Rooftop Systems?

Department of Financial services has instructed to all Public Sector Banks to encourage home loan/ home improvement loan seekers to install rooftop solar PV plants and include cost of system in their home loan proposals.