Delhi is ramping up its efforts to turn green and may soon join the list of solar cities in India. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has recently floated tenders inviting proposals from consultants for the solar city project and officials have confirmed that a consultant will be appointed soon.
“We are in the process of appointing a consultant for the solar city project. For this project we have got all the necessary approvals from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). The consultant will get six months to prepare the master plan for the solar city,” Amit Prasad, spokesperson of NDMC was quoted as saying by The Times of India newspaper.
The solar city project is supported by the Ministry of New and Renewwable Energy (MNRE) aiming at reducing the total non-renewable energy consumption by 5 per cent.
“While preparing the master plan, the consultant will take into account the expected increase in power consumption over the next 10 years. We plan to put up solar panels for water heating and generation of electricity,” an official said.
Once the master plan is ready and implemented, it will become mandatory for all buildings in the NDMC area to install solar panels. The civic agency is also considering direct use of the electricity generated from the solar panels installed at all its buildings.
“Instead of storing it in batteries, we will connect the electricity generated from solar panels to the main electricity supply. This will also bring down the load on the grid,” NDMC said, adding, “We had a pre-bid discussion with some of the consultants who have applied for the project on Tuesday. The consultants will prepare a master plan proposal after studying the group situation. In Delhi, we don’t have much land, so we have to make good use of the rooftops. The consultant will also work out a budget for the project.”
NDMC has received Rs 50 lakh for the project from the MNRE and will submit the master plan to the ministry for final approval once it is ready. NDMC hopes that the work can begin by next year.