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While the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) is struggling to meet the solar power generation target set by the Union government, the UT administration has sent another reminder to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) to fix the solar power tariff for this fiscal.
The commission had fixed solar power tariffs for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years, but it is yet to fix the rate for this year, even after five months of the fiscal’s start
The Union government had, in 2008, selected Chandigarh to be developed as a model solar city, with a target of generating 69MW of solar energy by 2022 through net and gross metering.
Crest has only managed to install solar power plants with a capacity of 22 MW in past six years. Crest will have to ensure generation of 47 MW within four years to meet the goal.
Due to non-availability of rates, the UT electricity department has stopped giving connections on gross metering, putting Crest in a fix, said an official of the UT electricity department. UT superintending engineer (electricity) said they would resume this after JERC fixed new rates.
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