Now, consumers can transform their vacant rooftops and empty land into a solar-power plant and sell the surplus electricity to the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL). The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has come up with a scheme where consumers can produce their own electricity by setting up solar-power stations. So far, five consumers have set up the system under the scheme commissioned by the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), which has offered a one-time subsidy of 30% of the project’s cost to the plant owner.
The state has registered 22 consumers, on a first come, first serve basis, for the project — Uttarakhand Grid Interactive Rooftop and Small Solar PV Power Plant Scheme. For now, the central ministry has granted the state permission to produce a total of 7MW (7,000kW) of solar energy through these power plants. UREDA has distributed this power (7MW) among the 22 registered consumers. (see box)
Of the five solar plants that have been installed, three have a capacity to produce 500kW each while one can generate 100kW and another just 12kW. The three 500kW units are located in Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, which also has the 100kW plant, and Nainital. The 12kW plant has been set up in Dehradun. The remaining 17 are still being set-up and should be commissioned by August 2015.
To encourage more consumers to use the clean energy, UREDA has said solar plant owners can sell the surplus power they produce to Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited at the rate of Rs 9.2 per unit.
UREDA chief project officer Ajay Tyagi said: “The state has a large potential to generate solar power on un-utilized space like rooftops and wastelands around buildings. Small quantities of power generated by each individual household, industrial unit or commercial buildings can be used to meet the needs of the consumers and the surplus, if any, can be fed into the grid.”
Both the domestic and commercial consumers, who are registered with the UPCL, can install the project. At the time of installation, a Power Purchase Agreement is signed between the consumer and UPCL for injecting the extra electricity generated into the power grid.