Not less than 6 Uttar Pradesh cities can generate 11.4 GW of solar energy on their own by using 11 % of their built-up area as says a report by the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED). The report has been titled "Uttar Pradesh: Uncovering Solar Rooftop Potential in Urban Cities" and was released based on the installation of solar rooftops in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Allahabad and Gorakhpur. The project is all set generate newer employment opportunities too. According to the director, there has been massive capital that is being infused in the project.
According to the CEED report, about one- third of the given target can be achieved by merely exploiting the potential of these six major cities, considering the current grid curtailment factor. The report also portrays a sustainable roadmap to make the cities of Uttar Pradesh powered through solar energy.
Among these cities, Lucknow with 3187 MW has the maximum potential, followed by Kanpur (3010 MW) and Agra (1986 MW), whereas Gorakhpur (833 MW) has the lowest solar rooftop potential. The potential of the other two cities, namely, Allahabad and Meerut has the potential as 1577 MW and 900 MW respectively.
The director has added that metering guidelines and their implementation require further strengthening for a higher amount of solar power through distributed sources. In the latest order, the state government has made solar rooftops mandatory for all government buildings and asked its departments to explore the use of solar energy for catering to their energy requirements.