CHANDIGARH: The deadline fixed by the UT administration to install solar plants at residential properties measuring 500 sq yd and above and group housing societies will end on March 31.

The administration has not submitted any proposal for extension of the deadline, said a senior UT official. “However, UT administrator VP Singh Badnore will take a final call on it,” the official added.

The last deadline had ended on March 31, 2020. As lockdown was in force, the UT had decided not to impose any penalty on residents and had extended the last date till March 31, 2021.

The Union government last year had notified the new subsidy scheme for rooftop solar units. Under it, the subsidy amount has been raised from 30% to 40% for panels up to 3 kWp capacity. For solar units from 4kWp to 10kWp, the subsidy will be 20%. The same has been adopted by the UT administration. There will be no subsidy for plants above 10kWp. Earlier, 30% subsidy was given to all applicants irrespective of the capacity of the plant.

In a notification issued on May 18, 2016, the administration had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory in residential properties measuring 500 sq yd and above and group housing societies. There are around 10,000 such houses in different parts of the city, including sectors 8 (417 houses), 11 (493 houses), 33 (643 houses), 35 (419 houses) and 36 (417 houses).

Those who fail to install solar power plants despite directions of the UT administration will be served notices by the UT estate office.

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