Over 250 MW of rooftop solar power generated in less than 2 yrs

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has fetched a good response for its rooftop solar power generation project — 253.94 MegaWatt of rooftop solar power has been generated across Pune zone (comprising Pune city, Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune rural) in the last one and a half years.

This also includes 72 MW of rooftop solar generated from among 7,580 individual and society households.

In the Pune zone, the utility has installed over 10,000 solar power units with a total capacity of 259.93 MW, an official spokesperson of MSEDCL said.

According to the MSEDCL official, the Rooftop Solar (RTS) plant is a system installed mainly on the roof of a building where a valid and live electricity connection has been provided by the distribution utilities/companies (DISCOMS).

Typically, 1 (one) kWp RTS plant requires about 10 sq m area. The solar power then generated can then be used either for captive consumption of the premises or can be fed into the grid and be adjusted in the electricity bill.

The rooftop scheme is being implemented in the state in association with the Centre’s renewable energy ministry, and if domestic consumers take advantage of the scheme and install a solar rooftop, they are entitled to a reduction in their electricity bills.

Domestic consumers can take advantage of a 40 per cent subsidy if they install rooftop solar plants with a capacity of 1 KW to 3 KW.

Those in the range of 3 – 10 KW can get a 20 per cent subsidy. The benefit is not only does the consumer save money but also contributes towards a greener environment, an MSEDCL official said.

In Pune circle, from among the rooftop solar power projects a total of 36.11 megawatts has been contributed by commercial consumers while 110.28 MW has been contributed by industrial consumers.

Rajendra Pawar, Chief Engineer, MSEDCL, Pune zone, said that the rooftop solar power projects are a big boost for households in terms of reducing their electricity bills.

“The cost of construction of the project can be recovered within four to five years and benefits can last for nearly 25 years,” Pawar said in an official statement issued here.

Meanwhile across the state, 93,329 consumers of MSEDCL have installed roof top solar projects and their combined capacity is 1581 MW. This includes subsidized domestic consumers and others.


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