Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao shared his idea of installing solar panels with the Raj Bhavan officials. The officials after carrying out a thorough study have decided to use the land along the Ganeshkhind Road in Pune which is spread across six-acre land, to set up ground-based solar panels, reported the Indian Express. These panels will be capable of generating more than 15 lakh units of power annually. The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) is the nodal agency for this project. The project of installing 3,500 solar panels was sealed with a private firm. The work commenced in April this year, reported the Indian Express.
Comptroller of the Governor’s Household Vasant Salunke was quoted by Pune Newsline as saying, “The Governor shared his idea with the Raj Bhavan staff on the very first day in office in August 2014. Since then, we have been working on various proposals and were involved in identifying appropriate land. The installation was to be such that it not only met the present day but also all future power requirements at these three homes.”
As per the report, the final project is estimated to cost Rs 8 crore. From these panels, annually 16.5 lakh units of power will be generated. This will also create a surplus of 6.5 lakh units every year, which the governor’s office is hoping to supply to the state government.
Describing the energy requirements of the house of the first citizen of the state, Salunke said, “At present, there is a requirement of 10 lakh units every year. But while the project was being conceived, we decided that it would be better to harness substantial surplus power, so that power losses incurred during transmission to other cities could be balanced, alongside catering to the future power needs of these residences.”
Meanwhile telling about the commencement of full-scale operations, Salunke said that the installations and testing works are nearly complete. He added that the Governor is expected to inaugurate the solar power project in Pune’s Raj Bhavan in the very near future.