Chandigarh to Become India’s First Solar City

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In an effort to develop Chandigarh into a ‘solar city’, the government has established a floating solar power plant of 10 KW Peak (kWp) near the Dhanas lake. This power plant is designed to supply power to the fountains in the lake for aeration. One of the cofounders and director of Yellow 2 Gen Energy, Jeevan Mohanty, said that the floating solar power plant costs around INR1.2 million.

The plant uses the dual-axis tracking technology which is capable of generating 30% or more power than the existing ones.

The Yellow 2 Gen Energy Pvt, which installed the power plant, has initiated the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) for innovative development of the land-neural photovoltaic plants.

Through this innovative technology, not only could a platform be set up on small water bodies in order to meet the confined energy requirements but also lakes and ponds could be conserved.

Vivek, another cofounder and director, said the installation of this power plant will benefit the states that are struggling with land acquisition problems.

The installation of the power plant is also an attempt to achieve practical and tangible progress in utilizing solar energy in facilitating large scale generation of electricity.

The government intends on making Chandigarh a model solar city by deploying 175GW of renewable power capacity by 2022, along with a solar energy generation of 100GW.

Source: Your Story | 25 July 2016

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