To cut bills, DJB to tap solar power

Delhi Jal Board has decided to install rooftop solar panels to generate solar energyto meet its power needs. The Board’s chairperson Kapil Mishra on Friday announced that this project would save the water utility about Rs 3 crore per annum in the long run.

“DJB’s highest expenditure is on power with the average yearly bill being Rs 540 crore. Tariff is increasing at 10% per annum and will become unsustainable. To reduce expenditure on power, the Board has approved grid connected rooftop photo voltaic systems at different places. DJB is already using biogas at various sewage treatment plants,” said Mishra.

To generate more revenue, DJB will also be renting out space for installation of mobile towers and advertising on buildings and water tankers.

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