1300 Government Buildings in Patna to Get Solar Panels Soon


  • BREDA to install solar panels over government offices, hospitals, schools, and other buildings
  • The organization is targeting 65 MW solar capacity for the next 3 months

Bihar Renewable Energy Development Authority (BREDA) has announced plans to install rooftop solar plants in 1300 government buildings in Patna, including offices, hospitals, schools, etc. The initiative aims to reduce dependence on coal-based electricity in the city and will be completed in a phased manner.

BREDA has a target of installing 65 MW capacity through this project in the next 3 months. Moreover, out of the 1300 designated buildings, 300 will have PV plants with more than 40kW capacity, while the other 1000 will be equipped with PV plants with less than 40kW capacity.

In the first phase, schools and hospitals will be solarized on a priority basis. A minimum grid-connected solar capacity of 2kW will be installed at these buildings.

Additionally, the power produced by the solar plants will be first supplied to the grid. The institutions can draw electricity directly from the grid for their consumption.

“Suppose, a government establishment running in a building has a power consumption of 1500 units, then the solar panel installed in the building will produce around 500 units of energy which will be transferred to the power grid. The organisation in return has to pay for only 1000 units out of the 1500 units being supplied from the power grid,” explains a BREDA official.

The Bihar government has begun taking steps to develop Patna as a solar city. Patna Metro Rail Corporation is all set to install solar panels over metro stations soon. Additionally, the Bihar government is mulling plans to undertake such solarization projects in other cities such as Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya, and Darbhanga.

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Resource: The Times of India

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