Just like we all do on every New Year, Haryana government has taken the lead and made solar a must for all the buildings in the state as its New Year Resolution. This could be termed as one of the biggest initiative taken by any authority for solar energy. However, this new law does not apply to each and every building altogether. Only those plots whose size is more than 500 square yards would have to install a solar power system at its rooftop, latest by September 2015.
This is considered one of the major constructive initiatives by any state government and holds quite relevant in a state like Haryana where power supply is a major issue for the citizens. The order applies to all commercial as well as residential buildings which have an area greater than fiver hundred yards, including commercials complexes, hospitals and educational institutions.
To make this a reality and a little convenient to its citizen, the government has further offered a subsidy of thirty per cent on cost of installation and that too on a first come first serve basis. This simply means that the subsidy would depend on the fact whether funds are available for all or not.
The state’s new solar power policy was constituted in September 2014 and this move is in accordance with the order passed in this regard. Haryana is one of the states where power hungry people live and the initiative would cater to the rising demands of power supply in the state. Along with this, it would also ease out pressure on the department, where demands are way too high in cities like Gurgaon and Faridabad.
In order to ensure absolute implementation of solar systems on every rooftop, the government would levy penalties on those who fail to install the solar panels by the deadline. The Additional deputy commissioners of respective districts of the state would act as the implementation officers in the drive.
The project officers in respective districts have got on to their toes and have started working out the modalities to get the plan rightly implemented within the stipulated time. The drive would also allow building owners to generate surplus power through their solar panels and sell the excess energy to the state and get adjustments in their respective power bills.
Adequate power supply is one of the major concerns for almost every state in India. With this initiative by the Haryana government, we hope that states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would learn their bit and try to come up with similar proposals to meet their high power requirements.
It is noteworthy, that such a drive does not only require flawless formulation but strict adherence and implementation. In a country like India, where corruption rules the law, policies are many, but their execution has always been a concern. The right execution only can solve the purpose, no matter how noble or petty the initiative may be.