Haryana promotes solar water heating systems

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Chandigarh, Sep 14 (UNI) The Haryana government has set a target of installation of solar water heating systems of three lakh liters per day capacity in the state during the current financial year.

It would be the highest target of any state in the country, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said here today.

Mr Chander Mohan said the Haryana government had envisaged a new energy policy with a view to reducing the consumption of power in the state by giving special thrust to promote solar energy system.

To popularise the solar water heating system, he said a scheme to provide subsidy had been launched in the state from August last.

The Haryana government had made the use of solar water heating systems mandatory in industries, hospitals, nursing homes, housing complexs, jail barracks and all residential buildings built on a plot of size of 500 sq yrds and above falling within the limits of Municipal Committees, Corporations and HUDA Sectors and other institutions.

Giving the details of the savings by installing solar water heating systems, the Deputy Chief Minister said the cost of a 200 Litre Per Day system was about Rs 40,000 and after availing the subsidy of Rs 10,000 and a rebate of Rs 7,200 in electricity bills, the effective cost of the system came to only Rs 22,800.

He said that installation of the solar water heating systems in the state had become most attractive option with the users getting rebate up to Rs 3600 per year for a period of three years.

He said that 200 litre Per Day system saved about 3000 units of electricity annually and in this way the total value of the system could be recovered in less than two years.

He said that besides the savings of power each 200 liters system also reduced remission of 3 tonnes of carbon di-oxide annually and 500 such systems resulted in reduction in peak load by one Megawatt.


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