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Diu to become India's 1st Solar Power Sufficient UT
Aug 25, 2014

Diu is all set to become India’s first solar energy sufficient Union Territory by the end of 2015. Daman, Diu & Dadara Nagar Haveli (Union Territory) administration is setting up 12 MW solar power plant in Diu at an estimated cost of Rs. 100 crore. Diu—an erstwhile Portuguese colony—known for fabulous beaches and marvelous architecture and laidback lifestyle, is solely dependent on the Gujarat Government owned Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) for its energy requirements.

Diu’s energy requirement is around 9-10 MWs. But looking to its future development and increasing tourist activities, the administration is developing 12 MW power generation capacity, which would make the district—which houses six villages—first ever renewable energy sufficient district in the country.

Though the population of the isle, spread across 40 sq km is little over 52,000, but annually more than 4,00,000 lakh tourists through to this tiny islet that include nearly 50,000 foreign tourists, mainly from European countries.

First phase of the solar power project for 3 MW solar panels is expected to complete in next four months at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 crore, and remaining work of installation of solar panels would be completed by the end 2015.

With an idea to make Diu pollution free, the UT administration is also planning to install wind mills at strategic locations within the island. Besides, the administration is planning to introduce electric buses for local transportation in addition to a dedicated cycle track, which would have access to all the tourist attractions of Diu.

The UT administration wants to develop eco-friendly activities in the island situated off the southern tip of Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat and lapped the Arabian Sea.

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