Expressing concern over widening gap between demand and supply of power, the speakers at a seminar underscored the importance of solar energy in bridging the gap.

They asserted that the solar energy is a viable and better renewable energy to conventional energies like thermal and hydel power.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), Solar Energy Society of India and NREDCAP jointly organised a seminar on ‘Developing Vijayawada as a solar city’ here on Wednesday. On the occasion, the speakers said that the power generated was not matching the demand as the living standards and energy requirements rose phenomenally in the country. Though infrastructure to generate power was developed it was not matching the ever increasing demand for power. A mix of renewable energies like bio mass, solar and wind was need of hour to bail out the nation form power crisis, they felt. The capital costs might be on higher side in installation of solar energy plants. Notwithstanding, the solar power was most environmental friendly and viable compared to conventional power. The sources of energy are being used extensively in such a way that their known reserves have been exhausted to a great extent.

Municipal Commissioner G. S. Panda Das said that Vijayawada was one of the 60 cities that were selected as solar cities in the country.