We have travelled to the reality where climate change is no more a myth and tapping the renewable energy is the need, no more a choice. For the last few years, Delhi’s pollution level is on a constant spike, especially after the Diwali season and melting glaciers is the harsh truth we cannot turn blind eye to. The governments across the globe are coming together to fight against the self-created global warming and climate change.
What should come as a respite or a good omen is the news that Indian government has finally started moving towards green energy. The most recent instance comes from Karnal. According to a report published in the Tribune, all the government buildings in Karnal which fall under the area-based development (ABD) plan of the Smart City, will be tapping on green energy with solar panels.
As part of the renewable energy plan of smart city project, a survey of these buildings has been conducted by the Karnal Smart City Limited (KSCL). A fund of Rs 38.45 crores, allotted by the union government, is going to be used for converting these buildings into green energy with solar rooftop panels.
The year 2019 could be called progressive as several other states have taken also started to march in the direction of tapping on the green energy, such as Bihar and Assam. Early this year, according to a report published in Mercom India, the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) had rolled out a tender for 7 MW of grid-connected solar rooftop projects for social and institutional buildings in the state, to be developed under the RESCO model.
In August this year, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar had announced that government buildings in Bihar will be installing solar plates in order to give a thrust to the solar power generation. According to a report by the wired agency PTI, solar plates will be installed on the rooftop of government installations and a tender has been floated for the same.
A report published in the Economic Times credited to Team ProductLine quotes R.K.Singh, the Minister of State (IC), New & Renewable Energy, Power and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to suggest that government has issued standard bidding guidelines so that the distribution licensees can procure power at competitive rates in a cost-effective manner.
This comes as an initiative by the government to boost the growth of the renewable energy in the country. In addition to this, the government shall also be waiving off the Inter State Transmission System (ISTS) charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power.
There are several other examples which can be shared on the same context but for now, the government seems to be getting their act together, albeit slowly and steadily. However, what they must now focus on is implementing the policies and plans that are being devised.
There can be no second thought to the fact that if the government becomes the first adopter of the renewable sources of energy, more residential buildings will also be taking a leap. Also, while India is witnessing a boost in the renewable energy’s demand, the supply is comparatively on a lower side.
To fulfil their dream of 500GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, the Indian government must really stick to their commitments and execute the policies on ground too as inked on the papers.