Piyush Goyal taken up challenge to make Varanasi a clean energy city

Vastavam web: Power Minister Piyush Goyal has taken up the challenge to rapidly make Varanasi a 100 per cent clean energy city to steal a march on Germany’s Munich.”Noting Munich s aim to become 100 per cent renewable energy powered city by 2025, Goyal threw a challenge to make Varanasi 100 per cent renewable energy powered before 2025 and beat Munich,” stated Power Ministry in a statement on Goyal’s recent four-day visit to Berlin, Leipzig and Munich till June 1, 2017.Several development works are on in Varanasi, which is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where renewable energy is being promoted in a big way.
At present, India does not have any city or town which is 100 per cent energized by renewables and Varanasi would be the first such city in the country.India has set an ambitious target of having 175GW of renewable energy from sources like solar, wind, small hydro and bio mass.During the visit, the Minister apprised the German side how India s tremendous success in auctions to ensure affordable renewable energy can also be adopted in Germany which is moving away from Feed In Tariffs (FITs).Given the global presence of German Development Agency GIZ (Gesellschaft f r Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in over 130 countries, Goyal has proposed a partnership with state-run EESL, which can help India leapfrog and distribute energy efficiency products across the globe.