Delhi insist on solar power use
Sep 6, 2007 - The Hindu
Hoardings brighten the cityscape
but require precious power.
Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
New Delhi - Delhi government has decided to pass
an order for compulsory use of solar power for advertising
hoardings and water heating in government and some
categories of buildings.
"The Delhi Government has agreed to pass an order
on the lines of one passed by Andhra Pradesh government
in August making use of solar energy for advertising
hoardings, street lighting and hot water for certain
category of buildings mandatory," Minister for Non-Conventional
Energy Resourses Vilas Muttemwar said.
"I spoke with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and
some of his ministerial colleagues on suggestions
for energy conversation and even before I returned
to Delhi they issued a government order to this effect,"
he said at a National Conference on Renewable Energy
for Urban Areas.
As per the Andhra government order, all municipal
commissioners and vice-chairmen of Urban Development
Bodies shall take immediate action for installation
of solar water system on existing municipal and urban
development bodies' buildings and any new building
being built by them. They have also been directed
to use energy efficient lamps.
The order also says that lights of advertisement
hoardings shall be powered by solar photo voltaic
systems at the cost of the franchisee and conventional
street lights shall be replaced by solar photovoltaic
The building plan of hospitals, nursing homes, hotels,
guest houses, lodges and multi-storey buildings would
be sanctioned only if they make a provision for solar
water heating systems and energy efficient lamps.