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Web Exclusive | July 2013

Report reveals Delhi potential of 2 gw of solar power

'Rooftop Revolution: Unleashing Delhi's Solar Potential,' a report by Greenpeace India was released recently, disclosing Delhi's potential for solar power at 2 gig watts (gw) using only 1.6 per cent of the city's roofspace. The report, released by former Chief Justice of India, AP Shah, charts a green and viable path for Delhi to move towards energy security. Co-authored with Bridge to India, the report reveals that by achieving the 2 gw potential the city can generate 4500 million kilowatt hours of solar power every year, meeting 16 per cent of its electricity needs.

This can bridge the ever increasing gap between demand and supply of energy. It can also insure the city against the dirty, unsustainable, uncertain and costly electricity from conventional sources like coal and diesel.Rooftop revolution is not just a report but a vision to realise Delhi as a green capital powered by clean and sustainable sources of energy like solar, said Anand Prabhu Pathanjali, energy campaigner, Greenpeace India.

This report comes at a time when the national capital is facing serious electricity crisis and rising tariffs. This report provides an alternative pathway. What is required is political intent to convert this vision into a reality, he added. The largest potential for solar power rests with residential buildings at 1.2 gw or 49 per cent of the total solar potential, followed by industrial buildings at 15 per cent, government buildings and public facilities at 13 per cent.

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