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Pitch for solar power

A recently organised seminar on climate change has recommended a host of steps to encourage the use of renewable energy in Calcutta and elsewhere in the state.

The recommendations — finalised on Wednesday — include a call to make it mandatory for multi-storeyed complexes and shopping malls to install grid-connected solar power systems.

The seminar was organised by FREED, a non-profit organisation that works mainly in the solar energy sector. It was attended by climate change experts from across the country, bureaucrats and academics.

“As funds are important to develop large-scale renewable energy at the community level, we have also recommended that at least 10 per cent of the MP and MLA local area development funds be utilised in this sector,” said Sugata Hazra of Jadavpur University’s oceanography department, who was associated with the preparation of the recommendations.

Somenath Pyne of FREED said: “We have requested the government to formulate appropriate incentives for encouraging energy-efficient buildings and also pushed for necessary changes in building bylaws to ensure enhanced use of renewable energy.”

It was pointed out at the meeting that Bengal was a laggard in developing renewable energy despite the possibility of receiving central funding under the National Climate Action Plan.

Abhishek Acharya and Jyotsna Mehta of the climate change finance unit under the finance ministry said the state had hardly received any funds from the Centre because it had shown little inclination to develop sustainable energy.