Chandigarh: In a major boost to solar energy in the city, Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science and Technology Promotion (CREST) will install four solar projects totalling 6.5 MW capacity in different parts of Chandigarh. The Chandigarh administration has given financial sanctions to these projects and a financial estimate of around Rs 43 crore has been prepared. Final rates are likely to be decided after the tender process.
The four projects include two first of their kind solar power projects in the region over the two rivulets, N-Choe and Patiala ki Rao at a cost of Rs 13 crore each. The capacity of both the projects will be 2 megawatt each. A two megawatt capacity solar project is to come up on floating water works in Sector 39 at an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore. Finally, the fourth project of 500 kilowatts will come up at Dhanas Lake at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. The project will also have a fountain. CREST has completed the survey and study for the projects. The 2 megawatt capacity project at the Sector 39 water works will tap evaporating water for public use. It is aimed at saving potable water.
“The 2 megawatt project will collect water, which will be provided to 1,600 families in the city. The project will have multiple features, including energy saving, power generation and bringing waste water into public use. The floating solar power panels will be installed using latest technology,” an official said. Since all these projects are ready on paper, CREST is all set to start the tender process to hire competent companies and agencies for the works in the next few weeks after fulfilling required modalities. The authority has planned to complete the works either by the end of October or by November.