The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a pilot scheme for the promotion of large-scale grid-connected roof-top solar PV projects in Raipur city, officials said.

The Raipur Smart City Ltd (RSCL) is to implement the project in the city.

The generated solar power may be utilised for captive application and the surplus power may be fed to the grid. The scheme aims to reduce the fossil fuel based electricity and make buildings self-sustainable from the point of electricity, to the extent possible.

This scheme with aggregate capacity of 2,155 kWp in various States across the country envisages installation of grid-connected roof top solar PV projects on the roofs of entities as specified by MNRE.

Notably, the Chhattisgarh Government will implement 21,255 Kw grid connected solar PV system scheme for Government buildings located in Raipur city under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

A total of 159 Government schools in Chhattisgarh were using solarenergy to meet their power supply requirements during the last financial year (2016-17), officials informed.

The State currently also has total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and roof top), wind biomass and small hydro, they informed.

It has also planned to install solar powered pump sets for agriculture consumers which will benefit 16,000 consumers.

It may be recalled that there are significantly more number of villages which are to be electrified in Chhattisgarh using the off-grid (solar) mode than the grid-based (conventional power supply.

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