The Indian Parliament building will partially go green with solar power back up in a few months time. The proposed solar energy project for which bids were called for and given to Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is expected to generate around 80 kW of solar power, out of which the Parliament house annex is planning to use 30 kW for illumination, solar water heating system and a biogas plant for the use of parliament kitchen, and feed the rest to the power grid.
PEDA has invited bids from various agencies for the erection of 80 kW solar power project utilizing photovoltaic technology along with commitment to maintain and operate it for a period of 10 years. The agency has received five bids from companies such as Lanco, Wipro Ecoenergy, Punj Lloyd, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Group and Gurgaon-based DD Solar23 India.
TPS Sidhu, PEDA’s Chief Executive, said the solar power project meant for the Parliament House was allocated to PEDA considering its knowledge in implementing renewable energy and non-conventional resources. He added the main objective of this project allocated under the Special Area Demonstration Program of the government is to popularize the renewable and other new energy sources that are used for power generation. He clarified that the bids will be finalized within next 10 days to enable completion of the project within the time limit of three months.