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India’s top 12 ports will soon be 100% renewable, making India the first country in the world to have all public ports running on solar and wind power. The government plans to install nearly 200 megawatts of solar and wind power in ports by 2019.

150 MW will come from solar energy and 50 MW from wind energy. The capacity could be increased to 500 MW in the coming years.

At a high-level conference attended by Minister of Transport, Nitin Gadkari, senior officials and presidents of various ports, the implementation of the green ports project was prepared.

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These renewable energy projects will help reduce carbon emissions and lead to improving the environment around ports.

The ports will finance the renewable energy projects with their profits.

The wind power projects will be carried out in the three main ports – Kandla, VO Chidambaranar Port and Kamarajar Port. It is estimated that the total capacity of wind projects can reach 70 MW.

Also in India, the railways have launched their renewable energy projects. The national railway company plans to install 1,000 MW of solar power plants, which will be installed on road signs and on station roofs. There is another plan to install 200 MW of wind power over the next five years.