Solar Panels gift to UN; A Sustainable gesture

Solar Panels

Solar panels were gifted from India to United Nations headquarters in New York to promote sustainable energy.  No greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere when you use solar panels to create electricity. Solar power is a very important energy source in the move to clean energy production. For the panels, the sun provides more energy than we’ll ever get from the electricity.

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).

Once solar panels have been installed, operational costs become quite low compared to other forms of power generation. Fuel isn’t required, and this means that solar power can create large amounts of electricity without the uncertainty and expense of securing a fuel supply.

“Solar panels, a gift from India, are installed on the roof of the UN. The panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power,” the United Nations tweeted.

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.

Showing the country’s commitment to fighting climate change by harnessing renewable sources of energy, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, had earlier tweeted that India has funded a solar project at UN Headquarters to reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.

Other schemes and initiations on solar power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his recent visit to Russia said that as part of India’s aspiration to generate 175 Gigawatt (GW) of clean energy by 2022, the country is focusing on solar power in a big way. He also said that India could become a hub of solar power battery manufacturing.

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, the Prime Minister said. Several schemes have been rolled out recently to promote the use of solar power. For installing rooftop panels, a priority sector loan of up to Rs.10 lakh can be availed from nationalised banks. The central government also pays 30 percent of the benchmarked installation cost for the rooftop photovoltaic system. If surplus solar power is generated at one’s home, they can sell the solar unit to the grid at Rs.  2 per unit.

India has also been a front runner in advancing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Under the Paris Agreement, each country needs to determine, plan and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to reduce global warming.

Info source – ndtv