India’s presidential residence first urban habitat to receive U.K. certification

The palace has officially become the country’s first-ever urban habitat to receive this certification and is a symbolic Preliminary Information Memorandum gesture from the government to power the Rashtrapati Bhawan with solar power. The effort was part of ‘Project Roshini’, launched in July 2008, which set out to turn the 355-room President’s house estate into an eco-friendly township using a variety of energy conservation measures and renewable energy sources.

"At a time when development is progressing at a pace never seen earlier, the model of the Rashtrapati Bhavan would act as a catalyst for affecting a change towards building sustainable habitats," informed the Honorable President, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

In order to harness the solar energy a 50 kWp solar photovoltaics power plant is installed on top of the terrace of the Auditorium building. The resultant power generated is being used for facade lighting of the auditorium, Health Centre, Officers Institute and lighting for the perimeter of the football ground. The solar power will help to reduce electricity consumption by approximately 54,750 kWh annually, which will provide monetary savings of INR0.35 million per annum, according to statistics revealed in ‘Project Roshni’.

In addition 100 stand-alone solar streetlights with a capacity of 28 Wp each have been installed along important stretches of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The path from where general public approaches the Mughal Garden will be illuminated using solar panels. Finally, the musical fountain is to be operated by solar energy. Read more <media 959>here</media>.

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