24th May, New Delhi, Summer of 2016 has broken all records leading to frequent power cuts in Delhi. Peak power demand in Delhi touched all time high of 6000 MW. Power crises has become a repetition in Delhi every summer. Unprecedented heat has forced people to use cooling appliances increasing the emissions. The unprecedented heat can be blamed on effects of climate change which is witnessed by the world. Intensity of heat waves have doubled with the increase in number of warm days.
“It is unfortunate that we haven’t learnt from our past mistakes, and Delhi being a leading world city is failing to take lead on clean energy front”, said Ramapati Kumar, of CEED. “More than 20 states governments have came forward with renewable energy policy in past five years to build their generating capacity and securing their energy supply in their respective states, government in Delhi is only preparing drafts to work for clean energy. It is high time for Delhi government to implement solar roof top program on priority to avoid frequent power cuts and to check the rising air pollution”, Mr. Kumar concluded.
Delhi’s electricity demand is increasing every year, however, the summer of 2016 has witnessed a whooping 9% increase. Power distribution companies continue to romance with coal as more than two-third of their electricity supply is coming from coal-based power plants, largely based in other states. While Government in Delhi showed unparalleled concern on rising air pollution in the city and took some excellent steps like ‘odd-even’ road rationing to reduce rising pollution, so that future generation doesn’t suffer from heath related problems.
Delhi is in a good position to take the lead action in supporting solar energy on roof-space and set an example for other cities to emulate and to put itself in league of clean energy champion cities like New York and San Francisco. The congested and highly urbanized set up of Delhi opened up huge opportunity of solar energy through rooftop approach. Just 36 square kilometers or mere 2.42 % of Delhi’s total roof-space can generate more than 2,500MW of electricity through sun and almost complete its share of contribution in National Solar target.
Through this, the city could generate around 4,500 million kWh of solar power per annum, which is equivalent to 16% of its electricity requirement in 2012 or double the electricity deficit which the city is currently facing.CEED urged government to immediately implement solar roof top program. Its adoption will serve the government’s twin purposes of making city’s air clean & breathable; and create a new job stream in the already saturated employment sector in Delhi.