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Delhi & Its Monuments Going Green With Solar Power

Delhi & Its Monuments Going Green With Solar Power

The city of Delhi posses plenty of well-known monuments that will be illuminated by solar energy. It appears that the number of environment-friendly monuments in Delhi is growing day by day.

Over the last three years, the Delhi government acquired experience while promoting the utilization of environment-friendly sources of energy, such as the solar energy.

The Delhi government is planning to install solar energy to replace conventional electric power used to illuminate various UNESCO World Heritages Sites. Those sites are: the 13th century Qutub Minar; the 16th century Tomb of Humayun and the 17th century red sandstone Red Fort. All these sites are only three of the six sites where the Delhi government is planning to use solar energy A Delhi government official said that they were planning to use and install PV cells (SPV systems that can convert sunlight into electricity) to replace the conventional electrical power by environment-friendly sources of energy to illuminate different UNESCO heritage sites and various historic monuments where the number of visitors is high. The Delhi government official added that, during the nocturnal period, those monuments would be also illuminated with solar energy.

This measure has been taken to promote the use of environment-friendly sources of energy (in this particular case, solar energy) in the capital.

Going back to 2009, they installed two solar power plants in order to illuminate two touristic spots: the Safdarjung’s Tomb and the Jantar Mantar.

The Jantar Mantar solar power plant, generates 9 KW of power, the price to install it was Rs. 25 lakh. On the other side, the solar power plant of Safdarjung’s Tomb produces a value close to 10.4 KW of energy, and it can illuminate the site for almost five hours. The Delhi authorities saw the impressive success of these two measures, and that is why they decided to expand this ‘solar power measure’ to other touristic sites.

A different government official told that sites like Qutub Minar and the Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort are under the authority of the Archaeological Survey if India; which means that those sites are protected sites. That is why they will have to acquire permission from the Archaeological Survey to install solar energy.

An official from the Archaeological Survey of India said that they would consider the proposal, when the government formulates it. The official told that they had two solar power plants (installed at Safdarjung’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar). However, if the government makes a proposal to illuminate other touristic and historic sites with solar energy, they will consider it and find if they can go forward. This will also involve a full analysis on how much electric energy the power plants will be capable of producing.

The government is also planning to install solar energy to illuminate the Old Fort, Lotus Temple and Jama Masjid. A Delhi government official told that they were negotiating with the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in order to set up solar energy at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has a program named Special Area Demonstration Project. It was created to encourage states to promote and disseminate the use of renewable sources of energy and also to find alternative sources of energy. The official told that any department or organization would get subsidy for the installation of SPV systems. According to a Delhi government official, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Center from the Delhi government would be responsible for the installation of those solar power plants, because it is the nodal agency for that program.

The cost associated with the installation of a 1 KW solar power plant (that requires an area of 10 square miles) is over Rs. 2000,000. The government official also told that solar energy would be a great source of alternative energy if Delhi faces a severe power demand.

Source: ZEE News

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RPN's contributed to this report.

Professional freelancer in Green Technology and Scientific Development. Educational background in the field of Human Resources Management.

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