Solar City project starts in Amritsar

Solar City project starts in Amritsar

The Punjab government has launched phase-I of a project to develop Amritsar as a solar city in order to reduce the state’s reliance on expensive conventional power and promote solar energy.
M P Singh, director of the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), said that solar roofing with a total capacity of 2.33 megawatts (MW) will be put on 190 government buildings identified through a complete assessment using drones.
Rooftop solar systems will be installed in 74 buildings during phase-I of the project, for which bidding has begun.

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He asked all departments to come forward to equip their office buildings with solar panels to decarbonize the power sector, which will help them reduce their power consumption charges by 25% to 30%. He emphasised the importance of fast-tracking implementation of the action plan and reviewing progress quarterly. PEDA has also signed a memorandum of understanding with GIZ, a German government-owned international company, for the implementation of the IGEN Access to Energy programme, which is sponsored by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

What is a Solar City?

Solar City focuses on the implementation of renewable energy projects in order to reduce fossil fuel consumption and meet the city/town’s rapidly rising electricity demand through renewable energy projects/systems/devices such as solar PV systems, kitchen waste-based plants, solar water heating systems, solar cooking systems, solar steam generating/drying/air heating systems, and solar concentrators. Solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, waste to energy, and other renewable energy projects, as well as energy efficiency measures, may be installed in a Solar City, depending on the city’s need and resource availability.