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Chandigarh If suitable measures are taken, UT can meet 20% power needs through solar energy by 2018: TERI report

After taking a lead in introducing a ‘smoke-free’ environment and banning polythene bags, the UT Administration is now considering another ambitious plan: to make Chandigarh a ‘solar city’. A draft of the detailed project report (DPR) on this was submitted to the Administration last week. The report has been prepared by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST).

After elaborate energy audits and surveys, the TERI report lays out detailed plans on how to reduce Chandigarh’s dependence on traditional fuel and power sources, thereby bringing down the emissions of greenhouse gases. At present, Chandigarh emits 12,443,95 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year (primarily due to electricity, petrol and LPG consumption). This is expected to go up to an alarming 29,201,05 tonnes by 2018.

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