PUNE: Pune has seen the maximum installations of rooftop solar energy panels, leaving behind metro cities such as Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Pune district has completed the installation of 130-megawatt (MW) rooftop solar panels as compared to Delhi at 96 MW, Bengaluru (87 MW), Chennai (63 MW) and Mumbai (34 MW), according to Quartz India news.
Yogesh Mundra, Chartered Accountant and a solar expert, said, “Solar panels have become attractive for citizens, as they give 40 per cent return on your investment as compared to the previous year, which was 25 per cent return per year.”
“Another reason why solar panel installations have increased is due to cheaper rates,” he added.
Ishan Gandhi from Greenergy Sustainables LLP, System Integrator of Solar Rooftop System and member of Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MASMA) said,
“The projects we undertook are listed with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), from whom we have to take sanction. We have informed them about the Kilowatt (KW) capacity of systems, which we are installing, then we will get permission from DISCOM. So, all the data is documented.”
He said, “MSEDCL knows how many projects we have completed. With this data, we are aware of the number of installations across cities.”
Laxman Naravade, Chairman, Gangadham Society Phase 1, said, “We installed the solar panels in February 2019. Energy bills used to cost us around Rs 35 lakh per year for the lifts, water pumps, common lights. It has now reduced to Rs 3 lakh after the rooftop solar panel installation.”