Spending Rs 20 crore a year on electricity bills, Rashtrapati Bhavan which is not just the residence and office of the President of India but the President’s Estate is a small township, will soon able to cut its electricity bill by Rs 80 lakh after it switches to solar power.
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase of a Solarization Project in the President’s Estate today (February 10, 2017) under which 670 KW of solar power will be generated through rooftop solar panels installed on seven buildings in the President’s Estate.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the President’s Estate township has been growing and so is its energy requirements and depletion of energy resources were posing a serious challenge particularly for future generations. He stated that India has signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement and has committed that by 2030, at least 40% of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil sources.
“Harnessing solar energy is crucial in this context. India has a target of reaching upto 100 GW of solar power generation by the year 2022,” President Mukherjee said while expressing happiness that the President’s Secretariat has taken efforts in this direction.
Thus, enhancing the capacity of solar power generation in the country becomes even more important to fulfill this commitment, he said.
The savings in electricity bills resulting from the Solar Project are expected to be more than approximately Rs 80 lakh per year. The generation of solar power will result in significant reduction in carbon footprint and make the Estate more energy efficient. The Project is being implemented in President’s Estate in collaboration with Rural Electrification Corporation (REC).
The President also appreciated the innovative ideas displayed in the Green Energy Exhibition held as part of the event. He wished the young students who presented a NukkadNatak and participated in modeling and painting competitions all success in their future endeavours. Skill development and carrier counseling classes for girl students of classes 11 and 12 of Dr. Rajendra Prasad SarvodayaVidyalaya were also inaugurated on the occasion by the Secretary to the President, Smt. Omita Paul.