NTPC to Install Solar Systems in SDMC Buildings in Delhi

SDMC has approved a proposal to install rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar systems on its buildings, will sign an MoU with NTPC.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has approved a proposal to install rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar systems on its buildings. The municipal corporation will now sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NTPC for the installation of the solar systems.

The proposal was approved at a standing committee meeting on November 24, 2020, which also included the decision to sign a memorandum of understanding with NTPC for installing solar rooftop PV and solar ground-mounted plants. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) will be responsible for the project design, supply, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the projects for a period of 25 years.

Rajdutt Gehlot, chairman of, SDMC standing committee, said the idea behind the proposal is to minimise the expenditure incurred on electricity at office buildings and to also generate revenue through e-charging stations.

“After approval from the standing committee, now a memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be signed between the civic body and the NTPC for the project. This project will complete the requirement of electricity in SDMC as the civic body will purchase solar power from the NTPC for its consumption which will be cheaper,” he said.

According to municipal officials, solar panels are already installed at 208 buildings and nearly 9.33 megawatt (MW) electricity is being generated through these panels. Similar work of installation of solar panels at 177 SDMC buildings is underway which will produce 0.8 MW of electricity.

A report by HT also states that under the project, NTPC will install rooftop solar systems at nearly 250 more buildings under the SDMC which will produce nearly 10 MW electricity. Furthermore, NVVN will also be setting up a 20 MW solar plant in Ghummanhera.

SDMC’s electricity demand is around 35 MW which, upon completion of the projects, will be met entirely by solar power.

Besides the solar systems, the standing committee also approved the proposal for setting up of electric vehicle charging stations on land provided by it to NTPC. NTPC will set up the EV charging stations at different locations in the SDMC jurisdiction and will be solely responsible for their operation and maintenance.

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