Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019
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Ninth edition of Earth Hour was observed on 28 March 2015 across the World. Earth Hour 2015 encouraged people to explore and adopt a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle by embracing renewable energy solutions.
In this edition of Earth Hour, millions of people around the world took part in the event for the global climate change awareness campaign.
Over 170 countries participated in the event and more than 1,200 landmarks along with 40 UNESCO world heritage sites observed the Earth Hour.
Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and Hong Kong’s famed skyline also participated in the Earth Hour by switching off their lights. The Eiffel Tower turned off lights for only five minutes due to security reasons.
About Earth Hour
- It is an annual global event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
- The initiative began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and later became global event.
- Earth Hour’s goal is to raise awareness for sustainable energy use and create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
- This day encourages citizens, communities, businesses and organisations to switch the lights off from 8:30 pm local time for an hour to highlight the plight of the planet.
Chhattisgarh has won award for being one of the best-performing states in the renewable energy segment in India.
Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Energy department, Aman Singh was presented this award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (RE-Invest) 2015 held in New Delhi.
The state was adjudged this award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission headed by Vijay Kelkar.
Renewable energy sector in Chhattisgarh
- Chhattisgarh has done commendable work in renewable energy sector.
- Currently, solar power is powering 600 primary health centre, 100 community health centre, 350 police stations, 1800 tribal hostels, 27 collectorates and 1,700 villages of the state.
- In addition, various villages in Chhattisgarh are using 3,000 solar power pumps for drinking water and 1,500 for irrigation purpose.
- State is generating 45 MW off grid solar power and 200 MW through rice husk.