Jain unveils ‘Solar City Initiative’

| | New Delhi

Taking its commitment to promoting renewable energy to the next level, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Indo-German Collaboration (GIZ), has launched an ambitious ‘Solar City Initiative’.

The pioneering initiative was unveiled on Sunday by the Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain. Other important dignitaries present on the occasion included MLA Gulab Singh,  senior officials from TERI and Indo-German Collaboration (GIZ) and officials of BRPL, led by its CEO Amal Sinha.

This path-breaking ‘utility anchored rooftop programme’ aims to maximise the utilisation of solar rooftop potential in South and West Delhi. Unlike conventional methods, under this programme, rooftop solar installations will be provided at a single point in the entire apartment complex.

In the first phase (Solarise Dwarka), around 150 societies will be targeted in Dwarka. Looking at the response, the programme will be expanded to other residential segments across the BSES.

 Briefing about the initiative, BRPL CEO Amal Sinha said, “BSES is fully committed to promoting renewable energy. This initiative is the latest testimonial to these efforts. The aim of our solar city initiative is to accelerate solar rooftop development by aggregating consumers and bringing in the necessary participation from solar rooftop developers.”

“The programme also aims to educate consumers about the benefits of solar energy while ensuring strict quality compliance of the systems being installed. It will also facilitate various finance options available to the consumers. The BSES discoms have been at the forefront of promoting the concept of rooftop solar and its beneficial impact on electricity bills. The latest initiative promises to be a game-changer in a bid to accelerate adoption of rooftop solar in Delhi.” Sinha said.

 A senior discom official said that besides promoting adoption of solar, BRPL’ ‘Solar City Initiative’ is a win-win proposition for both the consumers and the discom alike.

 A 1 kW solar PV rooftop system generally is expected to generate 4-5 kWh per day, which corresponds to an average monthly savings of about Rs 750 for a period of 25 years on electricity bills for single point delivery consumers. 

 “On the other hand, the initiative will help the discom in minimising overloading issues in congested areas during the peak summer months. It will also help us in achieving CAPEX deferment for line replacement and unplanned grid up-gradation intermittently,” he said.

 He further informed that a dedicated website ( has been created as part of BRPL’ solar city initiative to provide faster, hassle-free and seamless experience to consumers.

“This will be a one-stop-shop for information on solar and net metering related processes. Right from filling an application form, loading documents and tracking the status, a consumer will be able to undertake all the formalities through this portal. The portal will facilitate online, paperless transactions, minimising delays and seamless handling of applications from consumers interested to set up the solar plant. These applications will then be aggregated and shared with the empanelled vendors, who will be guided by BRPL’ stringent technical specifications,” he added.

The official said to help resolution of customer queries, a dedicated solar helpline has also been launched. It will be part of BRPL’ existing helpline number 39999707.  The BRPL and BYPL are premier power distribution companies and Joint Ventures between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and GoNCT.



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