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Diu becomes the first Indian city to run completely on solar energy and we got a lot to learn

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Taking giant leaps in the sector of solar power generation, Diu has become nation’s first ever renewable energy surplus Union Territory (UT) in just three years. Diu now runs 100 percent on solar power energy.

Well, here’s an amazing fact: Diu is now the only city in India where 100% of the electrical needs are satisfied by solar power. Even though Diu stretches over a geographical area of only 42 sq km, solar plants have still been installed in over 50 acres of land in spite of facing scarcity of space.

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On a daily basis, the UT generates 13 megawatts of power in totality from solar power generating facilities. The rooftop solar plants generated nearly 3 megawatts (MW) and other solar power plants produced 10 megawatts (MW) of energy.

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Meanwhile, Parliament was informed by Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh in a written reply on Friday that India is near to achieve 20 GW grid connected installed solar power generation capacity in FY18.

The Daman and Diu electricity department’s executive engineer Milind Ingle said:

“Population of Diu is 56,000 only for water and electricity, the union territory was solely dependent on the Gujarat government to overcome this limitation, the administration of the union territory decided to set up solar power plants in Diu.”

He also said:

“Diu’s peak time demand for electricity goes up to 7MW and we generate about 10.5MW of electricity from solar energy daily. This is way more than the consumption demand requirement.”
 The solar power has also come about as a huge blessing to the localites of the small city as their monthly charges have seen a reduction of around 12%. Considering the size of India as a country, this might only be a baby step towards eradicating the extreme levels of pollution!

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