Greater Noida to use unused land to set up solar power plants

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2016 23:22 IST
The decision was announced at a summit on clean technology organised by the confederation of Indian industries. (Ishwar Chand/HT Photo)

Officials of the Greater Noida authority on Friday said they have decided to give unused land in the city to private players on a leasehold basis for solar power projects, to generate clean energy.

Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO) of the authority, announced the decision while speaking at a summit organised by the confederation of Indian industries (CII) in Sector 18. He shared ideas of how technology can be used to generate clean energy and discourage the use of fuel that pollute the ecology.

“The Greater Noida authority is ready to offer unused land, such as green belts and vacant spaces, for setting up solar energy units on a leasehold basis. Let the private players come, we are ready to provide the necessary support,” Agarwal said.

The authority is planning to lease out land for a period of 30 years.

“We took this decision because solar energy is a reliable and viable option to build sustainable cities. The authority is already using the Gautam Budh University stadium and other government buildings to generate solar energy with the help of solar panels,” Agarwal said.

The authority has decided to encourage entrepreneurs to engage in solar energy production.

“We are taking small steps to discourage the use of conventional energy and promote the use of solar energy. Apart from this, the authority has also decided to use advanced technology to dispose daily waste,” said Agarwal.

Another important step the authority has taken to contribute to environment conservation is installing water meters at each household in Greater Noida.

“We are working on a project to install water meters in all houses, including group housings and individual houses. It will help us stop wastage of drinking water. With water meters, the authority can contain misuse of this precious resource,” said Agarwal.

The Greater Noida and Noida authorities are working to set up a landfill site in Greater Noida’s Astoli area.

“Both the authorities are looking at technological options that will help us generate energy from the waste. The idea is to minimise emission of pollutants during waste disposal,” Agarwal said.

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