Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Government, led by Bhagwant Mann, is planning to equip all state government buildings with solar power. The step is aimed at further strengthening clean energy infrastructure in the state.
Punjab New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Aman Arora on Friday said he had written a letter to heads of all departments in this regard. Their consent had been sought to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the rooftops of office buildings under Renewable Energy Services Company (RESCO) Mode.
All heads had also been directed to appoint a senior officer of their departments as a nodal officer to coordinate with the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) to smoothen the process of solarising the building of the departments concerned, said Aman Arora.
The Punjab Cabinet Minister said PEDA had already installed solar PV of a total capacity of 88MW on the rooftops of various government buildings and these had been successfully generating clean and green energy.
This revolutionary move, in turn, would help in creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, besides helping in meeting electricity deficit by providing relief to the overloaded distribution network.
Aman Arora said it would also reduce the electricity cost to the state government thus becoming more efficient.
The Punjab Cabinet minister said it would also go a long way to save the environment by switching to clean and green energy from conventional forms of power generation using fossil fuels, which would help to decarbonise the power sector of the state.
- PTC NEWS