The Parliament House toady took a major step towards sustainable energy when Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Meira Kumar inaugurated a 80 KWp Solar Photovoltaic power plant and a 2000 liter per day solar water heater system at the Parliament House Complex in New Delhi. The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion. The new systems are part of the demonstration of renewable energy systems at the Parliament House Complex under the “Special Area Development Project” of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The 80 kWp Solar PV rooftop plant installed at a cost of Rs.1,19,75,529/- will help in reduction in the use of conventional electricity and Diesel Power and reduce dependence on conventional grid power. The solar water heating plant will supply 2000 liters per day of hot water to Parliament House Annexe canteen. It is expected to save 6,000 kgs of LPG per year. 20 solar street lighting systems and a 500 kg per day kitchen waste based biogas plant are also under process of installation as part of the project.
Speaking on the occasion Smt. Meira Kumar expressed her appreciation of the concerted efforts of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the alacrity with which Dr. Abdullah responded to her remarks made in Parliament on December11, 2009, with respect to the incorporation of solar and other renewable energy systems in the Parliament House Complex. She further mentioned that these initiatives will go a long way not only in making the Parliament House Complex energy efficient but also in setting examples for other buildings and complexes. She further said that India has vast potential for use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of the people. She appreciated the progress made under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and said that the Mission will help in providing energy access in remote and inaccessible areas.
The Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah thanked the Speaker for taking the initiative and providing an opportunity to his ministry to demonstrate the use and benefits of renewable energy systems at Parliament House complex. He mentioned that the role of new and renewable energy has been assuming increasing significance. In view of growing emphasis on the country’s energy security and to check global warming besides meeting energy needs in an environmentally benign manner, renewable energy was being promoted. He also informed the Speaker that renewable energy systems had been installed in over 50 places of national, historical and religious importance including 21 Raj Bhavans, Dargah Ajmer Sheriff, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Saifi Villa at Dandi, BSF Camp at Indo-Pak Border at Atari near Amritsar, Golden Temple, Amritsar, Chittorgarh fort, Badrinath & Kedarnath dhams, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi etc.