India’s first solar-powered island: Diu is setting an example for the rest of the country


India’s first solar-powered island: Diu is setting an example for the rest of the country

It’s a hot afternoon in Diu. The sleepy island, with just over 50,000 people, is among the top 10 least populated districts in India. And it shows. The beaches are clean and quiet. Waterfront promenades are deserted — so are the markets. Even booze shops, which get droves of weekend visitors from dry Gujarat next-door, are desolate on a Wednesday. But Diu is much more than that — it is India’s first solar-powered island.

The secret lies in Fudam where a barren stretch of land soon gives way to a silvery expanse. It is not the sea. It is layer upon layer of solar panels glinting in the sunlight. This is Diu’s 9 MW solar park, spread over 50 acres. The solar park, built in two phases since 2016 and at a cost of Rs 62.48 crore, is helping the district of Diu, part of the Daman & Diu Union territory, get on the green map of the country. From importing all the electricity it needed from Gujarat, Diu now generates power to meet all its day-time needs. Solar now meets close to 30% of its daily electricity requirements.

Along with solar, Diu is also exploring wind energy. By 2019, it prepares to set up windmills that generate 6.8 MW. When that happens, not only will Diu be energy self-sufficient but it will also be entirely from renewable sources. Read More

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