It was in 2009 that The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) prepared a master plan for making Chandigarh a solar city. Ten years and four deadlines later, the city is still struggling to achieve this aim. One reason is that Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST), which is tasked with promoting solar energy and ensuring quick payment of the 30 per cent subsidy to solar consumers, has proved unequal to this task.
Newsline spoke to a host of residents who have opted for solar photovoltaic power plants and found them waiting for the subsidy. Although as per rules, the subsidy amount should be deposited in the account of the resident a month after he pays the entire cost of the solar plant, residents have been waiting in vain for almost a year. Here are their accounts: Read more
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