The state government announces Rs 1.5 crore to establish a centre for excellence on climate change at Gujarat University and signs deals with agencies such as Unicef and the European Union.
With an installed capacity of 8,900 megawatts of wind power and 6,200 megawatts of solar power, Gujarat stands second and third in the country in the respective sectors, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said on Monday.
“In the wind power sector, Gujarat stands second in the country with a 22 per cent share. In solar energy, Gujarat is the third with a 13 per cent share,” Patel said at an event titled “Building a Climate-Resilient Gujarat”, where diplomats from the UK and Switzerland were also present along with officials and students.
“We are encouraging people to set up solar rooftops on their residences. Gujarat tops the list of states in setting up solar rooftops. Out of the total solar rooftop capacity in India, 25 per cent (1,640 megawatts) is in Gujarat. In the last five years, 1,258 megawatts’[worth of] solar rooftops have been set up on houses. More than 3.25 lakh residents have been given Rs 2,151 crore during this five-year period,” he said.