India Gifted Solar Panels Installed On UN Building

The United Nations Office in New York has installed solar panels on its roof to power the building’s energy needs.

The solar panels, gifted to the human rights body by India, can generate power up to 50 Kilowatt (KW).

In a tweet the United Nations wrote, “A #greenroof is placed next to the new #solarpanels, a gift from #India, on the roof of the @UN. #ClimateAction, #ClimateActionNow, #ClimateSummit.”

Alongside the solar panels, a green roof is also placed in the United Nations headquarters. A green roof, also called a living roof, is a roof covered with vegetation.

This shows India’s commitment to fight climate change by harnessing renewable sources of energy, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations said. He added that India had funded solar project at UN Headquarters to reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.

India hopes to generate 175 Gigawatt (GW) of clean energy by 2022, hence the country is focusing on solar power in a big way.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech in Russia recently talked about India becoming a hub of solar power battery manufacturing. The Prime Minister added that if solar power was used for cooking in the country, there was scope for 250 million batteries, which in turn could benefit the electric vehicle market through cross-subsidy.

In Government schemes, a loan of upto INR₹ 10 lakh can be availed from nationalised banks for installing rooftop panels. The government also pays 30 percent of the benchmarked installation cost for the rooftop Photovoltaic system and if surplus solar power is generated at one’s home, they can sell solar unit to the grid at INR₹ 2 per unit.

Source : Various