Allahabad Museum switches to solar power, becomes first energy self-reliant museum
With the inauguration of a new entrance gate, solar panels, a 3D website and a new sales counter, the 87-year-old Allahabad Museum can now boast of many new facilities. Terming the new entrance as an ‘architectural marvel’, Governor Ram Naik on Saturday dedicated various facilities of the museum to public. Naik said that Allahabad Museum, by using solar photovoltaic (SPV) technology, has become the first museum in the country to become self-reliant in power generation. “The decision of the museum to switch to renewal source of energy is laudable at a time when both the state and Central governments are making efforts to provide electricity to the state,” added Naik.
He said, “The solar energy panels will help museum save up to Rs 2.32 lakh per year, which it used to pay to UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) as electricity bill.” He said on the Earth Day, it was a welcome initiative by the museum management. At least 220 solar panels have been set up on the roof-top of the museum. Speaking on the 3-D website, Naik said, “It’s great how the museum has upgraded itself to the needs of lakhs of people across the globe. They can now have an access to pictures and details of thousands of artefacts and objects at the touch of a screen.” An exhibition, ‘Basantosav’, was also opened for the public on the occasion.