The Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory (UT) to run completely on renewable energy. The newly carved out union territory has already about 30 mega-watt (MW) of small hydro projects and the government wants to install solar generation units to meet all its power demand from renewable energy sources. Ladakh was made an independent union territory after the government recently revoked the Article 370.
Aanand Kumar, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), told FE that the UT currently has a demand of around 53 MW and new solar plants is planned to be added by the end of 2020 to make the area completely run on renewable energy. “The idea is to reduce the heavy dependence of diesel in the area.” Kumar added. Read more
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