Patna Installs Solar Panels in 9 Government Buildings

The solar rooftop panels on the four buildings of Bankipore Girls’ High School, having a total capacity of 125 kilowatts (kW), have already started generating electricity

December 27, 2019. By Darshana Daga

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According to officials of the Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL), altogether nine panels, have been set up so far. They include four at Bankipore Girls’ High School and the remaining at the divisional commissioner’s office, district magistrate’s (DM) residence, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Sachchidanand Sinha Library and Bihar Rajya Police Parivahan Mukhyalay.

As part of the Smart City Mission (SCM), major government buildings in the city have started installing solar panels on their rooftops. This is done with a view to promoting renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on electricity.

The solar rooftop panels on the four buildings of Bankipore Girls’ High School, having a total capacity of 125 kilowatt (kW), have already started generating electricity.

Following a survey conducted by the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA), PSCL has selected altogether 23 government buildings for installation of solar panels. The guidelines for the SCM require that at least 10% of a city’s energy needs are met by solar power.

PSCL’s public relations officer (PRO) Harshita said, “We signed a tripartite agreement with BREDA, which looks after the work of installation of solar panels in government buildings across Bihar. After the agency did a survey of the 23 buildings based on various technical specifications, the list was finalized.”

“We are trying to motivate others to switch to renewable sources of energy. The government has also been urging private entities to use solar panels.” She added.

Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner Amit Kumar Pandey said, “The solar panels installed on the rooftops of some government buildings will help save energy by reducing the burden on conventional sources.”

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