Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain inaugurated India’s first rooftop solar plant at a carport commercial mall ‘Unity One’ at Rohini. The 300 KW plant has been jointly executed by Tata Power Solar and Tata Power Delhi Distribution.
The first of its kind plant which is expected to generate 4,20,000 units of green energy annually will empower the complex’s day-to-day operations meeting 80 per cent of its electricity demand, while also reducing the carbon footprint of around 438 metric tonnes (MT) every year.
The plant will also help ‘Unity Mall’ save of Rs 50 lakh annually on electricity bill and Rs 12 crore over the entire plant life. The initiative is in line with climate change agenda for Delhi and the ‘National Solar Mission’ and is set up as part of ‘National Action Plan on Climate Change’.
The grid-connected, rooftop-based PV power plants supervised by Tata Power-DDL have a life span of 25 years, wherein 1KW of PV power plant will generate up to 1,400 units in a year. Consumers and institutions can also sell the surplus power generated to the Discom, and attain breakeven on investment in five years.
While inaugurating the plant, Satyendar Jain appreciated the efforts taken towards adoption of solar power in the national capital and reinforced Delhi Government’s commitment to promote rooftop solar power through favourable policy and support.
MD and CEO of Tata Power-DDL, Praveer Sinha, said “We have been an active participant for the promotion of solar energy in the country. The launch of this carport plant aims to encourage the adoption of solar power among our commercial consumers having large rooftop spaces for installation. We will continue our efforts towards increasing the use of solar power and contribute towards the National Solar Mission, which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.”
Tata Power-DDL has been an active promoter of rooftop solar plants and has conducted several workshops to educate its consumers for the same. The company is an empanelled first utility channel partner with the ‘Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’, Government of India, and is the first utility in the country to receive the highest honour rating of SP1A (pronounced as Solar Power One A) twice as a system integration grading for solar PV projects in the context.