India’s Ports Goes Green

India’s Ports Goes Green

An installation of solar and wind power systems at all major ports in India has been announced by the ministry to promote renewable energy.

“We aim to set up 90.64 MW of solar energy capacity at twelve major ports. A 70 MW of wind energy capacity will be set up at Kandla, V.O.Chidambaranar Port and Kamarajar ports,” Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.

The ports have started the process of setting up the renewable energy projects using their profits. The total financial implications of the solar projects will be Rs 407.7 crore, the statement added. A total of 6.94 MW of solar projects have already been commissioned with Visakhapatnam port leading the way with 6.25 MW. The other ports in which solar projects have been commissioned are Kolkata Port, New Mangalore Port, V.O. Chidambaranar Port and Mumbai Port.

2017 is the expected date this green energy project will be completed. These projects are a part of the Green Port initiative launched by the ministry.

“These renewable energy projects will help in the reduction of carbon emission and will lead to improvement of the environment around the ports. These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilisation of renewable energy for power generation,” the statement added.

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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