Hon’ble President of India Inaugurates Solar Power Project in Rashtrapati Bhawan
The Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the first phase of a solar power project in the President’s Estate that would generate 670 kW electricity for the sprawling premises. Under the project, seven rooftop solar panels have been installed with an investment of Rs. 2.23 crore on separate buildings in the President’s Estate in a record time period of four months. “This is the future order which we are establishing today. It is a pleasant occasion for me to be the part of this initiative aimed at generating solar power,” Mukherjee said. “We must conserve energy so that the needy get their share of power. Whenever there is need for development, energy is required and if a section does not get energy, it remains backward. Electricity must be conserved and utilized in proportion of the requirement so that it could also be provided to the needy. “India has signed Paris Climate agreement to limit the use of fossil fuels and carbon emission. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy is the need of the hour. We have enough quantity of solar energy which must be utilized. Renewable energy is good for our climate as it reduces carbon footprints. This will make the President’s Estate more energy efficient.” Mukherjee said.The solar panels have been installed on the roof of seven buildings which include market area, sewage treatment plant, museum, Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, motor garage, and cultural centre.Around nine lakh unit of electricity would be generated from this green project. There is a system which enables 24/7 monitoring of the quantity of electricity generated from the solar panels.