New Delhi: In a novel initiative by a religious institution, a 1.5 mega watt peak (MWp) rooftop solar plant was inaugurated at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in the heart of the capital by Union Power Minister R.K. Singh on Wednesday.
The plant, capable of supplying 1,500 kilowatt peak (KWp) of solar electricity, is part of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC)’s project for solarising rooftops of historic gurdwaras in the capital like Bangla Sahib and Sis Ganj Sahib and those of educational institutes associated with it.
According to plant developer Sukhbir Agro Energy Ltd, the project was executed under the subsidy programme of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
“The plant is expected to generate 20,00,000 units of green energy annually, resulting in annual savings of Rs 1 crore.
It will reduce carbon emissions by around 1,800 tonnes every year and over the life cycle of the plant 45,000 tonnes would be reduced,” a company statement said.
In his address, the Power Minister underlined the importance of such a project in Delhi, which is one of the most polluted in the world.
He also praised the Sikh social ethic that is seen in their charitable work of “feeding and giving shelter to the needy, work in cleaning rivers and tree plantation, as well as being defenders of the faith, when required”.
Singh also said the pace at which bids were being awarded for green energy development makes him confident that the country would achieve a renewable energy capacity of 2,25,000 MW by 2022.