Report by Jag Mohan Thaken
10 February 2024, Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has been making all-out efforts to bring down the stubble burning cases to zero, said Aman Arora, Minister of New and Renewable Energy Sources while adding that the Punjab Government has drafted a Biofuel Policy. A Green Hydrogen Policy has also been formed to decarbonize the economy and reduce dependence on fossil fuel, besides, enabling the state to assume technology and improve regional air quality while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, added Arora.
To further ramp up green energy production in the state as many as seven Compressed Biogas (CBG) projects of total capacity of around 79 tons per day (TPD) CBG will be operational by the end of this year, revealed Aman Arora.
He, along with Secretary of New and Renewable Energy Sources Ravi Bhagat, was chairing a meeting to review the ongoing projects of the department.
Minister Aman Arora said that these seven projects will consume over 2.72 lakh tons of paddy straw annually. Apart from this, four CBG projects of a total capacity of over 85 TPD CBG have already been commissioned for which around 1.70 lakh tons of paddy straw was collected. These projects will go a long way to solve the stubble burning problem in the state, besides, giving a fillip to the state government’s efforts to make the Punjab a leading state in green and clean energy production, he added.
Secretary Ravi Bhagat apprised the Cabinet Minister that as many as 101 government buildings have been equipped with solar PV panels in the last year and the PEDA has fixed a target to equip 897 more government buildings with solar panels this year.
Special Secretary New and Renewable Energy Sources Sukhjeet Pal Singh, Director PEDA MP Singh, Joint Director Rajesh Bansal, and officials from Transport and Rural Development & Panchayat were also present at the meeting.
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