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UT Admn calls upon industry to make Chandigarh ‘model solar city’

According to reports, the UT Adviser KK Sharma, called on the industry to come forward and join hands with the Administration to make Chandigarh a model solar city, by creating innovative, economical and safe solar systems.

“The industry’s role is key in harnessing solar energy to the fullest. It should come forward and manufacture the latest solar equipment, most advanced panels and latest systems,” said K K Sharma, adviser to the Administrator, while addressing a seminar on ‘Harvesting the Sun’, organised jointly by Chandigarh Administration and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Wednesday.

“There should be a sense of urgency in utilisation of the solar energy because it is environment friendly, prevents global warming and reduces burden on non-renewable resources of energy. It is most important in present times considering 20-30 % rise in residential power demand and 15-20 % rise in industrial demand each year in India,” KK Sharma said.

The need of the hour is sound technologies and systems for its optimum utilisation. He added, “Chandigarh Administration is offering a 30 % subsidy on solar power generation to encourage its usage. Even Punjab and Haryana are very keen to utilise their solar potential.”

“In the coming years, solar energy is going to be part of everybody’s life. It is a matter of pride that Chandigarh is acting as a torchbearer when it comes to solar power generation. We need to work towards increasing its affordability,” said Man Mohan Singh, Chairman, CII.

“We have to continuously strive to make Chandigarh a self reliant city in terms of power,” said D K Tiwari, Secretary, Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration.

Pikender Pal Singh, regional director of CII said, “In Chandigarh, we should notify the policy for net metering to encourage roof top installations, encourage telecom companies to use solar energy to power towers, integrate solar power generation with Chandigarh Metro Project in the tricity and make it a part of the DPR, so that it becomes one project”.

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