Mandatory for industries to tap solar power for water heaters

In line with the Solar Energy Policy unveiled in 2012, the State government has now included buildings housing industries, government and quasi-government offices, including urban local bodies, in the list of institutions where an auxiliary solar-assisted water heating system must be installed.

Earlier, hospitals, hotels, hostels of schools, colleges, training centres, barracks of armed forces, paramilitary forces, police and individual residential buildings having more than 150 square metre plinth area, were in the list of institutions, which were required put in place an auxiliary solar-assisted heating system if they had installation for supplying hot water.

Norms to be followed

The technical specifications of the system installed should be in line with the norms of Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, as per the amendment made by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department.

A GO has stated that executive officers of urban local bodies and the Zonal Assistant Commissioners of Corporation of Chennai shall identify a nodal officer, who shall send the progress reports in the first week of January and June every year.

The State-level data would be eventually sent to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa released the ‘Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy, 2012’ in October that year.

The list includes buildings of government offices, including local bodies

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