In a bid to ramp up its efforts to go green and earn revenue simultaneously, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has achieved another milestone by earning nearly Rs 90 lakh by selling surplus solar power generated from solar panels installed over roof-top of its buildings to power distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL).
SDMC Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti said that the decision to install solar panels on municipal buildings has yielded a good result as the civic body has added over 90 lakh in its revenue.
“The civic body generated 6615 KW power from solar panels installed over 150 of its buildings,” he said, adding that with the move the SDMC also saved a huge amount as it generated electricity for fulfill its requirements and even earned lakhs of rupees by selling surplus power to BRPL.
“The SDMC has also able to reducing carbon foot prints which ultimately helps in containing pollution in the city,” he said.
Amal Sinha, CEO of BRPL on Friday presented a cheque of Rs 33.38 lakh to the SDMC Commissioner after deducting the bill amount of arrears of consumptions of electricity units in the corporation buildings.
The Commissioner said the process of installing solar panels with a total capacity of 9.3 MW, has been installed on 208 municipal building till date. “The project cost is Rs 35 Cr and it will be recovered in just five years,” he added.
Bharti further said that the solar panel will remain in working to generate power for next 25 years. He also said that SDMC is keen to increase its solar power generation by installing more such panels.
It may be noted that last year, the SDMC claimed to have become the first Municipal Corporation in the country to generate solar energy by installing solar penal over roof-top of its buildings.