North Delhi Municipal Corporation has reportedly approved proposal for installation of solar panels in over 200 schools run by it.
The standing committee of the civic body on Thursday passed the decision. The project is expected to save energy as well as reduce expenditure.
Chairman Jai Prakash said “Solar panels of 5kW each will be installed in all schools run by the corporation. Each panel will cost Rs 35 lakh, and Rs 7 crore will be invested on the entire project. A concessionaire will be responsible for the maintenance of the panels for four years and its warranty for one year.”
Centre would provide the funds for the panels. Prakash added “We had planned for the project but were unable to go through with it due to paucity of funds. If schools can generate their own electricity, then we will be able to save Rs 20-25 lakh per month on the electricity bills.”
ET citing a north corporation official said that the extra power generated from the panels will be sold to power grids at Rs 5.50 per unit through net-metering.
The project will take another one and half month to begin. The civic body also plans to introduce solar panels in its community centre and civic centres.