Solar Power Installation in Chandigarh – Now Mandatory!

solar power installation in Chandigarh mandatory

Chandigarh- One of the most planned cities around the world! And for obvious reasons, it is called The City Beautiful!

In a bid to promote environment –friendly buildings, the UT administration has incorporated green buildings and sustainability provisions in the Uniform Building Code.

Solar Power Installations in Chandigarh to be compulsory – The UT Administration changes the way the city lives

The administration will provide incentives to residents complying with green norms, especially solar power installation in Chandigarh. The incentives could be a rebate in electricity bill and property tax.

The Green building provisions include

  • water conservation and management- Rainwater harvesting;
  • low water consumption plumbing fixtures;
  • waste water recycle and reuse;
  • and reduction of hard-scape: Solar energy utilization, low energy lighting fixtures,
  • sustainability of building materials,
  • Waste management and water re-use and recycling.

To promote solar energy, the administration has already framed bylaws making solar power installation in Chandigarh mandatory. Installation of solar rooftop power plants (SPV) is now compulsory on new private buildings.

Below is the notification by Chandigarh administration:-

1.Residential BuildingsAll residential buildings(new construction/reconstruction) within limits of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh

  1. 500 sq. yd to 999 sq. yd – 1 KWp SPV
  2. 1000 sq. yd to 2999 sq. yd – 20KWp SPV
  3. 3000 sq. yd & above 3 KWp SPV
2.All Private Educational Institutes, Schools, Colleges, Hostels, Technical/Vocational Education Institutions, Universities etc. having the connected load of 30 KW and above.Minimum 5 Kilo watt peak (KWp)


5% of connected load, whichever is higher

3.All Government Buildings and Offices and Govt. Colleges, Govt. Educational institutions, Universities having a connected load of 30 Kilo Watt and above.Minimum 2 Kilo watt peak (KWp)


5% of connected load, whichever is higher.

4.All private Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Industrial Establishments. Commercial Establishments, Malls, Hotels, Motels, Banquet halls and tourism complexes, having connected load of

  1. 50 KW to 1000 KW
  2. Above 1000 KW
  1. Minimum 10 KWp
    5% of the connected load, whichever is higher
  2. Minimum 50 KWp
    3 % of connected load, whichever is higher.
5.All new Buildings to be constructed by Housing Complexes, developed by Group Housing Societies Builders, Housing Boards, on a plot size of

  1. 0.5 Acre to 1.0 Acre
  2. More than 1.0 Acre to 2.0 Acres
  3. More than 2.0 Acres to 5.0 Acres
  4. More than 5.0 Acres
  1. Minimum 10 Kilo watt peak (KWp)
  2. Minimum 20 Kilo watt peak (KWp)
  3. Minimum 30 Kilo watt peak (KWp)
  4. Minimum 40 Kilo watt peak (KWp)

In the Uniform building code, the administration has also incorporated environmental conditions framed by Union Ministry of Environment. Once the Uniform Building code is notified, housing projects and big buildings will not be required to take environmental clearance.


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