India: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has unveiled the first-ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS Tool for estimating Rooftop Solar Power potential for Indian Solar Cities. The main objective of this initiative is to develop a high performing and flexible Web-GIS tool to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities. The first city where the tool will be launched will be the city of Chandigarh, followed by other cities in India.
The initiative is being supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), with strategic support from Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The tool was launched at a conference on ‘Accelerated Deployment of Rooftop Solar PV systems in India’ held in New Delhi. “Solar energy is revolutionising the world. Countries are investing in this sector because it is beneficial to the environment and also saves on energy costs. The application of solar energy was easy and each household could now invest in solar products. There are cost-effective technologies available for mass generation and use of solar energy. The land cost in cities has gone up, so there is a need to invest in rooftop solar devices. We have taken a decision to install rooftop solar energy devices in government buildings in Chandigarh to become a model solar city,” said Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab & Administrator.