Solar Plants Soon to be Installed in Haryana Colleges

Jan 27, 2020 01:07 PM ET
  • Installation of solar panels at educational institutions in Haryana will be started soon, deputy CM Dushyant Chautala has informed

Installation of solar panels at educational institutions in Haryana will be started soon, said deputy CM Dushyant Chautala while inaugurating a 30 kW solar plant, six new rooms of PG block and new Vigyan Bhawan at Chhajuram Memorial Jat College. Dushyant also unveiled a multi-purpose hall, theatre and new academic block at the college.

He said the electricity generated by the solar plant will make the college self-sufficient in terms of energy needs, besides reducing its power bill of Rs 45,000 to Rs 70,000.

The campus will glow more than before and students won’t have to sweat during summer, Dushyant said. He called upon the institution to build a multi-purpose sports complex, declaring to bear the expenses for the college auditorium from the voluntary fund.

In November 2019, the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) in response to a petition filed by the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA), has issued a revised version of its regulations for rooftop solar grid-interactive systems based on net metering.

In its order, the commission after considering all the factors mentioned by the petitioner issued an updated version of the regulations addressing the issues mentioned in the petition in its ‘Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (Rooftop Solar Grid Interactive Systems Based on Net Metering) Regulations, 2019.’

The regulations also stated that distribution licensees must provide net metering facilities to eligible consumers as long as their total capacity does not exceed 500 MW, up from 200 MW previously. The new regulations also stated that net metering facilities would not be made available to open access to consumers.

In October 2019, the HERC had approved a petition filed by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), seeking the installation of grid-connected solar-powered pumps in the state. According to the proposal submitted by the two Discoms, the pilot project will involve the installation of 468 such solar pumps, with a combined generational capacity amounting to 2.9 MW. 

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