Diu Becomes First Smart City Operating on 100% Renewable Energy

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Adoption of solar energy has made Diu the country’s first energy surplus Union territory and a model for an effective way to utilize renewable energy source

Diu Smart City has become the first city in India that runs on 100 per cent renewable energy during daytime. In 2018, the city adopted two-pronged approach whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 hectares rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the roof tops on 79 Government buildings thereby generating 1.3 MW annually. They city has set benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. Diu had been importing 73% of power from Gujarat until 2017.

Furthermore, to enhance its solar capacity, Diu offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10, 000-50,000 for installing 1-5KW roof top solar panels. The city is saving about 13,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. Due to low-cost solar energy, power tariffs have been cut in residential category by 10% in 2017 and 15% in 2018. Furthermore, Jaipur Smart City Ltd (JSCL) has planned to develop night bazaar at Chaura Rasta, in the heart of Pink city. The JSCL would register up to 700 vendors who will be allowed to set up stalls, including eateries, between 9pm and 1am. The project will provide entertainment, culture and shopping to citizens after office hours.

Moreover, a prototype of an intelligent traffic management solution is currently being tested in collaboration with the Electronics City Township Authority (ELCITA) to improve traffic management in Bengaluru Smart City. The project will provide traffic information that is currently unavailable by management of commuter traffic. It involves capturing video streams from several cameras and processing them using artificial intelligence so that typical traffic management tasks such as vehicle detection, traffic density estimation and control of traffic lights can be automated for real-time performance.

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