Govt’s green SEZ policy favours solar power

Govt’s green SEZ policy favours solar power

New Delhi: The government has proposed that all SEZs should meet at least 25% of their lighting needs through solar energy, a move that will go a long way in making SEZs green, even as consensus eludes climate change talks in Copenhagen.

“At least 25% of the installed external lighting load should be solar powered," the draft guidelines for Green Special Economic Zones said.

The government also wants at least half of the requirement for bill boards to be solar-powered.

The draft proposals intend to make all new and existing SEZs green as the government wants existing SEZs to go for green certification.

In addition to lighting requirements, the draft proposals also call for a minimum of 2% of estimated energy consumption for each zone from solar or other forms of renewable energy and scale it up gradually.

“Over a period of 10 years, the solar/ other forms of renewable energy must be extended from 2% to a minimum of 20% of total estimated energy consumption," it says.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before leaving for Copenhagen Summit had said India, as a responsible member of the international community, has announced that it will reduce the emissions by 20-25% in 2020 compared to 2005.