Dilli Haat at Pitampura goes green

Sunny side up: Solar panels installed at Dilli Haat in Pitampura in the Capital.

Sunny side up: Solar panels installed at Dilli Haat in Pitampura in the Capital.  

Dilli Haat in Pitampura has gone green, with about 98% of its energy needs now being powered by the sun. For two months, the tourist hotspot has been running on solar energy due to a tender issued by the Delhi government.

“It is a rooftop solar project,” Andrew Hines, co-founder of CleanMax Solar, the company behind the project, said in an interview. “The way the project works commercially is that CleanMax is the developer of the project. It is owned and operated by us under a long-term agreement of 25 years. They basically consume the power and pay per unit.”

The tariff being charged at Dilli Haat now is significantly lower than the grid rate, according to Mr. Hines. Dilli Haat has to pay ₹8.1 per unit of power for the grid, while it is getting its solar power for a little more than half of that.

Power consumption

The average power consumption of Dilli Haat Pitampura is about 140 kilowatt (kW) while the roof-top solar plant is set to generate 138 kW, although the actual output varies according to weather conditions and angle of sunlight.

CleanMax Solar is one of the biggest players in India’s rooftop solar market, with 100 MW of rooftop solar installations across the country.

“This particular project was through a tender by the Delhi government. Through that tender, we were awarded 2.5 MW of capacity, which we could do for any Delhi government building. We could approach them and work out a deal with them,” Mr. Hines said.

‘Met all criteria’

This particular Dilli Haat location worked out well for CleanMax Solar as it met all of the criteria for setting up a project, Mr. Hines said, adding, “For a project like this, we look for a few criteria.”

“One is the scale of the project. It needs to be at a sufficient scale, especially since this is on an opex [operational expenditure] model, where we own and operate the plant, rather than a capex [capital expenditure] model. So, government buildings are something we look for. The other things we look for are financial stability and that there are no technical concerns.”

He said that this location is also geographically favourable as it gets good sunlight.

Dilli Haat has a footfall of about 200-250 people per day, and up to 400-450 people on the weekends or during festivals.

This article has been corrected for a factual error

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