Venkaiah Naidu Urges Govts to Mandate Solar Energy in Buildings

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on urged the central and state governments and administrations of union territories to patronise and adopt rooftop solar power facilities and it could also be made mandatory.

He said, every central, state government and union territory governments building should have rooftop solar power plant. Public sector undertakings should also have the rooftop solar power plant. Naidu said that installation of rooftop solar power plants could also be made mandatory.

He was speaking after inaugurating a 1.5 MW rooftop solar power plant installed at a cost of Rs 7.67 crore in the centrally administered JIPMER medical college.

Naidu also said solar rooftops not only use empty areas on the building, but also generate power close to the point of consumption and reduce transmission losses. He called upon all states to work together to popularise the tapping of solar energy and bring greater awareness among people on the benefits of installing solar panels on their rooftops.

There is also a need to launch massive campaigns to publicize the subsidy programmes for solar rooftop systems and the resultant electricity savings, he added.

“Our ancestors understood this – it reflected in their planning and construction of houses. We must learn from these practices and create living and working spaces with ample ventilation and natural light. Let us take this key lesson from the pandemic,” Naidu said.

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