According to reports, the new building of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) at Gandhinagar which is completely solar-powered was inaugurated on Friday. The solar power facility supplies a total of 80 kilowatts of electricity to the building.
The new building of GPCB will be used as a research and resource centre with a library and a training institute. National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) has certified GPCB as a national laboratory.
Speaking at the inauguration, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said that the credit of the first-of-its-kind building goes to the far-sightedness of GPCB and that the initiative has set an example for others in the area of green and sustainable energy.
Modi also said that instead of creating scope for pollution and then trying to control it, creating a pollution-free society is a better option for the future generation. “Industries pollute for their own interest and there is a need to stop them from doing so,” said Modi.
The event also saw the launch of online services of GPCB, and a book was released on Pollution Control. Forest and environment minister Mangubhai Patel said that the Paryavaran Bhavan would not only save electricity but it is also planned to conserve water. Others present on the occasion included minister of state Kiritsinhji Rana, MLA Shambhuji Thakor and Gandhinagar mayor Mahendrasinh Rana.
For the first time, solar energy will power all 40 air conditioners (ACs) in the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB)’s new building. This is the first 100 per cent solar-powered building where electricity generated through sunlight will also power as many as 600 fans and 1,000 CFL tube lights besides the ACs. After investing Rs 1 crore in the power system, GPCB claims that the cost will be recovered in the next 5 years. , through less power consumption bills. The investment is inclusive of a 10-year operation and maintenance contract for the building. The solar panels set up atop the building over 2,000 sq meters space will generate 80 KW energy.
GPCB also aims to conserve water in this building. There are two separate recharge wells through which rain water will be harvested. “Approximately, 750 cubic metre of rain water is expected to be recharged into the underground aquifiers every monsoon season,” said GPCB officials.