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Telangana’s gradual shift towards renewable energy-powered public transport system is resulting in savings worth millions and earning the state agencies plaudits from the public.

Utilising clean energy, primarily solar, in various parts of the state’s transport infrastructure – road transport, airport and metro – and transitioning to electric vehicles are some of the ways that Telangana, a state in southern India that was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, is making the shift to reduce its carbon emissions, one of the primary drivers of climate change and save power costs.

Rooftop solar

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation, for example, joined hands with Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited, the state’s nodal agency on clean energy, to install solar rooftop systems on the bus stations, bus depots and workshops.

“It all started in 2019-’20 after we joined hands with the TSREDCO [Telangana New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited] and started using solar power on our premises to fulfil our energy needs,” a senior official from the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation told Mongabay-India while requesting anonymity. “There are 97 bus depots and 364 bus stations in Telangana. On most of them, solar rooftop panels have been installed while work to install them on the remaining…

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