Despite having limited land availability, Diu has managed to become the first and only Union Territory in India to be 100% solar energy efficient – becoming a benchmark for other cities in India to utilise renewable energy.
Human dependence on non-renewable energy source has too many cons and it has always been a pain in the well, system – yet we depend on it. However, Indian Union Territory Diu has become the first and only UT of the country to be completely solar energy efficient. Despite availability of limited land which sizes up to a total of just 42 square kilometres, Diu authorities has installed the solar panels and power plants that are spread in more than 50 acres. This showed a remarkable shift from using expensive non-renewable energy sources and possibility of dependence on cheaper, cleaner and eco-friendly renewable energy sources.
Diu now generates a total of about 13 megawatts of electricity from solar power generating facilities on a daily basis. Of this, about 3 megawatts is generated by the rooftop solar plants, while the other 10 megawatts is produced by other solar power plants. All this in just three years, before which, Diu, like other cities too relied on electricity generated by the power grids owned by Gujarat state government. Which means the UT had to have huge lines of electric grids and expensive tariffs – making electricity expensive for common people.
But three years back, a local company began to generate and supply electricity from the solar energy power plants – which significantly lowered the electricity prices and saved electricity loss. It was when the Union Territory decided to set up the solar power plants in a bid to overcome the limitation of having to solely depend on the Gujarat government for water and electricity. Today, the solar power plants have developed so much that they can meet the electricity demand of Diu. During peak time, demand for electricity goes up to 7 megawatts and the territory about 10.5 megawatts of electricity from solar energy daily – which is way more than the consumption demand requirement. The surplus energy has translated into 12% lower monthly rates of electricity for local households. Inspiration-worthy.