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Chandigarh to be developed as solar city, says Patil

According to reports, Chandigarh will be developed as a solar city in near future, Punjab Governor and Union Territory Administrator Shivraj Patil said at the 66th Independence Day celebrations organised at the Parade Ground in Sector 17 , Chandigarh, Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering, Patil said there was a need to tap the solar energy in the city beautiful — the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana — and that the government and private builders would be encouraged to do so.

As part of the plan to make Chandigarh a Solar City, installations will also be made at tourist places, including Sukhna Lake so that decorative lights could be run with renewable energy. A detailed project report (DPR) for transferring a sizable power load of Chandigarh on green energy has already been prepared by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).

As per the plan, a 25 Mega Watts solar photo voltaic (PV) plant would also be set up. As of now, UT has no electricity generation of its own.In its pre-feasibility report, TERI has identified 24 of the total 900 small and big parks being maintained by Municipal Corporation, which could be looked as potential location for tapping solar power.


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