To light up sites at night, ASI is likely to install Solar Panels on all Historical Monuments
Sources in the Ministry of Culture has confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead
5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites
It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to light up the heritage sites as well as Historical monuments with the help of solar photovoltaic systems at the rooftop of all the monuments. The idea behind the new ambitious plan is to increase the tourist visits and reduce electricity bills significantly.
The India Today report stated that sources in the Ministry of Culture confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead and the process of installing solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems on the premises of heritage sites and historical monuments. The installation process will start from July-August this year, in 2016, only as the fund for the project has already been allocated by the Ministry of Culture.
5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites but the capacity of these units maight increase depending on the requirement. The tourists can view the ASI monuments after the solar panels have been installed.
“All the rooftops of the ASI protected monuments will come under the purview of the initiative. We will cover the rooftops with solar power panels to light up the area at night. It will help save on the electricity bills significantly. It is an ongoing process and will be executed in phases. The fund has been sanctioned already by the ministry. It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation. The capacity of the solar panels may increase at some sites where the requirement would be higher as per the physical geography of the location,” an official said to India Today.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture was founded in 1861 that is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country. ASI protects and preserves more than 3,686 protected monuments of national importance spread all over India.