A few years ago, Haryana government had made it mandatory for buildings constructed on 500 sq m plots to have rooftop solar panels. However, till February 2017, only four government buildings have installed solar units on their rooftops. In an attempt to enforce this rule, the state has decided to take strict action.
All authorities in the state have been asked to appoint nodal officers to ensure the implementation of this directive in all buildings in the state. Henceforth, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will not issue occupancy certificates (OC) for buildings on plots measuring 500 sq m and above without verifying the certificate of installation of a solar power plant. Further, the renewable energy department will inspect the building for the existence of the solar unit before issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) to the building.
This rule is applicable on builder apartments, commercial complexes, private bungalows, group housing projects, malls, offices, schools, and hospitals, including all new and old buildings that meets the plot size criteria. Officials share that existing buildings will likely get some time to install the solar panels, post which their power connection could be disconnected.
The new notification, which is a part of the Haryana Solar Power Policy, 2016, aims to generate 1,600 megawatts (MW) of electricity using rooftop solar plants by 2021-22. The government has also offered incentives to motivate property owners to install solar rooftops including a subsidy on the price of solar units. It should be noted that a 1 kilo watt (kW) plant can be bought at Rs 55,000-Rs 60,000, after availing subsidy. The unit will last for over 25 years while the payback period is around four to five years.