Ministry has decided to explore solar energy generation potential on National Highways and to install solar panels in available places that are not earmarked to be used for any transport/highway related services/plantation and meet the requirements for installation of solar panels.
NHAI has signed an MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.(EESL), JV of PSU of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, to conduct feasibility studies of establishment of Solar Power projects on the available vacant land parcels with NHAI and rooftops of NHAI buildings/ structures at Toll Plaza and other NHAI owned buildings/ structures. So far, no proposal has been received by NHAI.
Solar panels have been installed on EPE & DME (at Duhai Interchange of 382 KWp & Dasna Interchange of 450 KWp Capacity) and on roof tops of toll plazas in the projects of Purre-Sotapur (1 No.), Nagpur bypass (1 No.), Waiganga Bridge to Chhattisgarh Border (1 No.) & Solapur Yedlshi (2 No.).
This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.