Mandatory use of solar heating systems

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The government intends to make the use of solar heating systems in all functional buildings mandatory, under the first phase of the proposed National Solar Mission. To be implemented before 2012, the Mission proposes to make it compulsory for all hospitals, guest houses, hotels and nursing homes to install solar water heaters. This will be applicable to residential complexes too that are built on plots of 500 sq m and above. It is estimated that 40-50 million sq m is currently available for the installation of solar energy collectors for various low and medium temperature applications in domestic, industrial and commercial sectors. The target for solar heating applications is 7 million sq m by 2012.

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