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Rooftop solar energy policy in Delhi soon: Dikshit

Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 22:45

New Delhi: Delhiites would now be able to sell power directly with the Delhi government about to launch a roof top solar energy policy. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday said the policy will be launched in the capital soon to encourage people to switch to the renewable energy source.

"We are soon starting rooftop solar policy for setting up solar power units on rooftops of households in the capital, where the owners of buildings will get incentives and it will be connected to the main grid," Dikshit said here at a seminar.

According to the policy, house owners can either lease out their roof to a developer, who will then set up the unit, or they can pay 30 percent of the cost of installation. The remaining 70 percent will be financed through banks.

House owners will get to earn Rs.17 per unit of power produced through the solar panels, which will be directly fed into a grid. They can sell the power for 25 years.

The government is working out modalities of the scheme`s benefits. The discoms may even deduct the amount the house owner earns through the solar unit from the electricity bill.


First Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 22:45
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