Monday, May 13, 2013

Delhi lagging behind in clean energy targets: Greenpeace

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
 
Old Delhi Main Street: This photo was taken on December 7, 2007 in Chandni Chowk Area, New Delhi, NCT, IN, using a Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS.

Greenpeace organised a renewable energy community fair ‘Switch on the Sun’ in association with the Sukhdev Vihar (Pocket B) Residents’ Welfare Association here on Sunday to address the energy crisis in Delhi. The NGO slammed the Delhi Government for not developing alternative sources of energy.

“Delhi has more than 320 days of sunshine in a year and has a huge potential for solar energy that gives people the freedom to generate and use their own electricity as well as sell whatever extra is generated. But the Delhi Government has paid no heed to this alternative source,” lamented Greenpeace India public engagement campaigner Usha Saxena.

Ms. Saxena went on to state how poorly Delhi fares in the field. “In our recent report ‘Powering Ahead on Renewables: Leaders and Laggards’, Delhi was among the worst States in terms of achieving renewable energy targets. It is completely dependent on coal-powered plants which are mostly in the neighbouring States. If it truly wants to become a sustainable city then it has to look at clean and sustainable sources of energy,” she said.

The fair, through exciting and interactive activities, informed participants about renewable energy and how the sun can power homes through the simple but powerful idea of solar rooftops. The fair had an informative photo exhibition, a street play, a musical performance lit up with solar energy and t-shirt painting and quiz for children. The community fair also included easy-to-use energy rooftop audits which helped residents calculate the cost benefits in pledging rooftop space for solar energy.

The fair was attended by residents of Pocket B at Sukhdev Vihar.

Speaking at the community fair, Sukhdev Vihar RWA president Anshu Garg said: “We are very excited about using the sun and our rooftops to solve Delhi’s energy crisis. We have pledged our rooftops for the solar energy revolution and will urge the government to promote grid-interactive solar rooftop energy instead of polluting and toxic waste-to-energy plants”.

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