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SDMC earns Rs 9.69 lakh by exporting surplus solar power

New Delhi: SDMC has claimed to become the first Municipal Corporation in the country to generate solar energy by installing solar panels over the rooftop of its buildings and earn a huge amount in three months by exporting surplus power to a power distribution company BSES. Nearly, 2,500 KW peak solar power is being generated from the solar panels over 55 SDMC buildings, 54 schools and one community centre. It has earned Rs 9.69 lakh by exporting its surplus power to BSES after its consumption in the buildings.
The CEO, BSES, Amal Sinha presented a cheque for the balance amount after deducting bill amount of arrears of consumptions in the buildings to the Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel. The Commissioner, on the occasion, said that 3.14 lakh units were generated and 2 lakh units have been exported after internal consumption of 1.14 lakh units. He further stated that SDMC has saved a huge amount by not making payment to BSES the bills for its consumption and has also earned lakhs of rupees by exporting surplus power. It is a win-win situation for the SDMC. Apart from this, we have been able to contain pollution in the city.
The Commissioner stated that Rs 12 crore was invested in setting up of solar energy panels over 55 buildings. The cost will be recovered in just five years. The solar panels will generate power for next 25 years. He also stated that SDMC is keen to increase its solar power generation. The corporation will instal solar panels over rooftops of its 111 buildings by June 2018 and over more than 400 buildings by June 2019.
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