Soon, the Delhi Secretariat will be the first state secretariat in the country to run completely on solar energy, with the government planning to set up a 3 MW ground-based solar power plant at Indraprastha power station.
The government has partnered with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to set up the plant on a vacant plot in the power station.
“This solar power plant will be a showcase power plant, supplying power directly to the Delhi Secretariat for the next 25 years. To achieve the goal of making the national capital a solar city, the Delhi government has decided to initiate the project from the Secretariat,” said a government spokesperson.
Officials said work on the project has already begun. “The plant will utilise the latest technology, including a tracker mechanism which will track the movement of the sun for maximum output. The government is also taking steps to convert the Secretariat into an energy-efficient building, by adopting various energy efficiency measures,” said a government official.
Officials also said the move would bring down the Secretariat’s electricity bill.