Chandigarh, February 2
In a bid to ensure a clean & green environment to the people by promoting energy conservation in the state, Punjab New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Aman Arora on Thursday felicitated government and private sector entities with State Energy Conservation Awards at Confederation of Indian Industrialists (CII) Northern Region Headquarters here.
Addressing the State Level Energy Conservation Day and Award function organized by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Aman Arora said that Chief Minister S Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Government is making concerted efforts to make Punjab Carbon Neutral state and energy conservation is the focus area to abate greenhouse gas emission to save environment.
Dependency on fossil fuels for power generation is high, which lead to pollution and environment hazards, said the cabinet minister while emphasizing that with the expansion of the industry and need of more infrastructure, the demand of power is increasing day by day so shifting from conventional power generation to renewable energy sources such as Solar, Hydel, Biomass is the need of the hour.
In the state of Punjab, he said, around 2150 MW capacity renewable energy projects have been installed which is about 16% of the total installed capacity. Out of which, 1200 MW capacity of Solar plants installed in the state.
Apart from this, Punjab has taken the lead to develop and notify Punjab Energy Conservation Building Code by amending National Energy Conservation Building Code for the composite climate zone applicable in the state.