"For many Indians cycling under the hot sun would be a bad way to start the
day. But the South Indian state of Telegana has come up with a project where
cyclists can ride for up to 21 kilometres along a path roofed with solar panels
that generate electrcity while also shading the track beneath.
This innovative new solar cycle track in Hyderabad City offers one way in which
less polluting and healthier transport might contribute towards a rapid
transition, despite the growing physical challenge of living with climate
change-driven heat. Extreme heat is already a problem in India and deadly
heatwaves are set to grow increasingly severe as global temperatures rise.
According to Telegana state authorities, this is the first long-distance solar
panel covered cycle track in India. Laid alongside a major highway in Hyderabad
city, it has a solar roof with an installed capacity of 16 MW – enough to
provide power to thousands of homes. The project has created a huge amoung of
discussion on social media in India about the potential for a green project to
not only produce power but also provide a value-added service to urban
Via Diane A.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
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Manager, Serious Cybernetics