In order to achieve the goal of optimum utilization of solar energy as well as catering to electricity demand by generating power for renewable sources of energy, the Punjab government is set to establish solar energy units on the rooftop of all government buildings by 2017. A government spokesperson has also mentioned a special plan to install such units at 120 police stations and 45 schools of Kalgidhar Trust which will be used to power lights, computers and other electrical appliances. According to the New and Renewable Sources of energy policy, a survey has been conducted across the state for installing solar power plants on government buildings. There have been as many as 1,572 government buildings identified for the purpose, out of which, 448 belong to border areas. The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has been asked to accelerate work in this regard. The survey for installing such plants at schools under Kalgidhar Trust has also been completed. The results conclude that about 5 to 15 KW power will be produced in each of these schools. PEDA has already started the work of installing 26 power plants with a capacity of 693 KW in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdsapur. In addition, to boost the state’s crop diversification programme, 500 solar energy irrigation pumps were being installed on which a subsidy of Rs 5 crore has been approved by the government.
Source: Solar units on govt building rooftops, May 29, 2013