Sanchi becomes country’s first Solar City

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today inaugurated the world heritage monument site Sanchi Nagar located in Raisen district as the first solar city. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that today there is a need for maximum use of renewable energy. Madhya Pradesh has moved forward in the direction of fulfilling the pledge taken by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi about energy conservation and the mantra of working in this field, considering it as a social responsibility. In Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh, an initiative has also been taken to establish a 600 MW capacity plant by installing solar panels on the surface of the dam. The message of peace had once reached the world from Sanchi. Now Sanchi will pioneer in the field of solar energy. In the program, an agreement was signed between the Department of Renewable Energy and IIT Kanpur to make Sanchi a net zero city.

Chouhan said that production of electricity from coal and other sources has adverse effects on the environment. The citizens of Sanchi, the New and Renewable Energy Department and all the scientists deserve congratulations for starting solar energy production without harming nature by abandoning traditional means. On this occasion, Chouhan expressed his gratitude while congratulating the scholars, scientists and experts working in the field of energy conservation present in the program from various institutions. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that this is an important chapter in the history of Sanchi and the country. Sanchi Solar City has been formed as a result of a three MW capacity solar project at Nagauri near Sanchi. In the near future, a five megawatt solar project will be established in Gulgaon which will meet the energy needs of the agricultural sector.

Huge reduction in CO2 emissions

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Sanchi Solar City will reduce the emissions of more than 14 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to more than 2 lakh 38 thousand trees. Eco-friendly facilities will prevent environmental pollution. E-vehicles have been promoted. Four commercial charging points and three e-rickshaw charging points have been installed. Running of battery vehicles will also save diesel worth more than 9 lakhs.

Citizens become aware

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that about 7 thousand citizens in Sanchi have pledged to save electricity by using solar stand lamps, solar study lamps and solar lanterns in their homes. The concept of solar in every house was successful. Solar plants of about 63 kW capacity have been installed on domestic rooftops. Energy audit of the offices and establishments of the central and state government in the city was conducted. Under the Energy Literacy Campaign, the people of Sanchi showed awareness in the field of energy saving and energy conservation. The use of the plants will reduce electricity bills by about Rs 22 lakh per year.

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