Rourkela- Steel City Rourkela has added yet another feather to its cap. After securing a spot in the list of the top 50 world cities by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the city is gearing up for Solarization.
Rourkela Municipal Corporation has launched the program in partnership with Koel Fresh Pvt Ltd., an Agri and Clean -tech enterprise incubated at NIT Rourkela, focused on promoting clean food, clean air and clean energy solutions.
The recent initiative is a part of the larger picture which is largely focused on promoting clean energy – low carbon technology, mitigate climate change and contribute towards some of the Sustainable Development Goal 2030, plans and targets of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for installing 175GW renewable energy by 2022 and 450 GW renewable energy by 2030 at the national level and bring about a sustainable environment for the citizens of Rourkela at the local level. India became a world leader in the fight against climate change when Prime Minister Modi had launched the International Solar Alliance with 121 member countries, with the primary objective to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Commenting on this latest initiative, Mr. Dibyajyoti Parida, the Commissioner of RMC, said, “Solarization Rourkela initiative is one of the flagship programmes to promote clean energy and fight the severe climate change. The programme would help to reach out to various citizens, bring awareness on benefits of solar PV systems and facilitates easy adoption of solar PV systems with innovative mechanism. The initiative is also intended to booste local economy, generates various employment opportunities specially for women collectives”
Mr. Asutosh Nayak, the CEO of Koel Fresh Pvt Lt. , a post graduate from University of Flensburg, Germany in Renewable Energy and alumnus of NIT Rourkela, added, “ Adoption of Clean energy is the solution to fight climate change . This is possible through collective approach of citizens, research institutions, Government, financial institutions and enterprises. We are glad to lead this programme and will reach out to various household, institutions and industries to unlock the huge solar potential of Rourkela. ”