Lucknow: Cities of religious importance including Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Gorakhpur will have clean and green energy by 2024.
Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma said these cities would receive around 670 MW of solar energy from solar panels to be installed on the roofs of houses.
To achieve the goal, the central and state governments will provide subsidies to consumers of Rs. 859 billion and Rs. 473 billion, respectively.
Sharma said the energy department saved rupees 1,363 by implementing the “Ujala” system, which distributed 2.62 Crore LED lamps to electricity consumers.
The minister claimed that the energy department had saved at least 3,400 million energy units through energy saving measures.
He said electricity demand fell by 682 MW at peak times, while carbon emissions fell by 2.76 million tons.
Sharma said the state government is working to make 12 lakh tube wells energy efficient. This would help the government save 400 million units of energy.
In the first phase, 9,000 pumps will be made energy efficient. As part of the KUSUM program, around 26,000 private pipe wells were solar-powered.
The government has also developed the PM-KUSUM program, with which farmers can install solar systems with an output of 500 kW to 2 MW on their barren land.
He said the state government is promoting solar energy by ensuring that the solar panels are installed on the roof in all government buildings.
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