Monday, October 25

Kolkata’s New Town, first Indian city to commit to UN pledge, strives for efficient green energy

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New Town, the only Indian city to commit to United Nations’ ‘energy compact’ pledge for battling the climate crisis, has committed to ensure stable modern energy connection to all, use 2% renewable energy by 2030, explore geothermal energy by 2030, ensure 5% energy efficiency and non-motorization of intra-city travel by 50%. Many other Indian cities have lined up to get into the pledge.
New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) chairman and MD Debasish Sen said: “New Town is already a certified green city and a solar city which produces 1.3 megawatt of peak solar power. We are encouraging e-vehicles, with adequate charging infrastructure. Getting into compact energy movement will help us set a benchmark to go for and exceed.”All households and institutions are connected to grid-based stable electric power supply. Principle plot of land are handed over only after ensuring power connection from the grid. This has started from the inception of the city. The city is still under growth phase with a design population of 1 million residents and half a million floating population.

New Town is a growing planned city where people are migrating in and new habitations are being built. Energy demand is increasing with increasing population. New Town is a solar city under the solar city mission of the central government with an installed capacity of 1,252 KWp solar power plants. Another 500 KWp is under installation. 600KWh power is being generated from one biomass convertor unit making use of segregated wet waste of 5 TPD. Further, 6,600 KWH power generation through biomass converter is possible with 55 TPD more available segregated wet waste. Building rules have been amended to encourage use of solar energy in private buildings for power generation and water heating, the city’s pledge compact energy movement revealed.

All existing and new buildings exceeding 15.5m in height have provision of solar heater and/or solar photovoltaic cells. All commercial and business establishments with contracts demand more than 1.5 MW to install rooftop systems to meet at least 2% of electrical load.

Source: Times of India

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