It takes an island: How Diu became India’s first solar city by day


It takes an island: How Diu became India’s first solar city by day

Mahesh Solanki used to pay about Rs 1.8 lakh a month for power. Last year, it dropped by about Rs 15,000; last month by Rs 15,000 again.

“With electricity costs rising everywhere, this was a pleasant surprise,” says Solanki, who owns a 36-room beach resort and two ice factories in the scenic beach town.

In September 2016, Diu became the first city in India to run completely on solar energy during the day. The power comes from its two solar parks — spread over of 0.2 sq km — and the rooftop panels on 112 government establishments.

In all, the two parks have a capacity of 10.27 MW, and operate for about 12 hours a day. Demand in this 42-sq-km city of 52,074 residents ranges from 5 MW to 7 MW.

Which means that through the day, the sun is powering all homes, the resorts with central air-conditioning, Diu’s 60-bed hospital, government buildings, air-conditioned office buildings, and the ice factories and fish warehouses that are its main power-consuming industries. Read More..

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