According to reports, Tata Capital, the financial services arm of the Tata Group, launched a solar panel equipped forest called Surya Aranya – the ‘forest of the sun’, at the i-Think Techno Campus at Thane, in partnership with the Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE), a Mumbai-based not-for-profit organization,
Tata Capital, through this initiative aims to put in practice the efficacy of solar powered energy. Based on ‘Urban Lighting Concept’ that is widely accepted across Europe and USA, this solar forest, which consists of a set of 6 solar paneled trees, will self-illuminate and power garden and security lights on the campus from dusk to dawn producing close to 750 watts of energy. The garden lights have been retrofitted with LED bulbs that consume less electricity as compared to conventional incandescent or CFL bulbs.
Tata Capital and CERE have added an innovative dimension to the cluster of ‘solar trees’ to bring to light the message that ‘renewable energy’ saves habitats and wildlife. Each tree trunk bears two symbols of either a plant or an animal species that are on the verge of extinction in India.
Mukund Rajan – Brand Custodian and Chief Ethics Officer, Tata Sons said, “The Tata group strongly believes in giving back to the society and since inception our constant endeavor has been to empower sustainable livelihood. Our aim is to replicate similar initiatives across the country beginning with Tata Capital’s office premises.”