Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUC­KNOW: The state has good pock­ets for gen­er­at­ing so­lar en­ergy but UP re­quires to pur­chase al­ter­na­tive en­ergy from out­side to meet its en­tire de­mand, said Prof Jo­hannes Ur­pelainen of the Johns Hop­kins School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton DC.

“Pock­ets such as Bun­delk­hand can help gen­er­ate so­lar power but this might not be enough to meet the re­quire­ment. A fea­si­ble so­lu­tion could be buy­ing so­lar or wind power from other states,” said Ur­pelainen who was in Luc­know.

Di­rec­tor en­ergy re­source and en­vi­ron­ment pro­gramme at Johns Hop­kins School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, Ur­pelainen de­vel­ops and tests sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to the prob­lem of lack­ing en­ergy ac­cess in emerg­ing economies. He has been trav­el­ling across UP to study en­ergy needs and so­lu­tion for air pol­lu­tion.

“I be­lieve, so­lar power, even after adding trans­mis­sion/trans­porta­tion cost, will cost less than en­ergy from con­ven­tional sources,” he said.

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