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The Union home ministry decided to install rooftop solar panels across all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), as part of a massive green initiative.
This move will generate solar power of up to 71.68 Megawatts and allow for green power use in large numbers of security establishments across India.
The Government of India has taken a positive step to promote renewable energy, and is moving towards a carbon-neutral economy. According to a Ministry of Home Affairs statement, the proposal was initiated by the home ministry to install solar panels on the campuses of the CAPFs (Central Security Guard) and NSG.
Accordingly, on May 6, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the home ministry and Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited. (SECI) in the presence of Union secretary and secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The umbrella MoU allows for collaboration between the parties to install solar rooftop photovoltaic panels.
The combined strength of the CAPFs – CRPF, BSF CISF ITBP, CISF and SSB – is about 10 million personnel. They are deployed all over the country to perform various security duties.
Based on available data, SECI estimated that there is a total solar power potential at 71.68MW in campuses of the CAPFs or the NSG.
The SECI, an expert in solar power projects, will support the home ministry by either directly or through an agency (or a combination of agencies) in implementing rooftop solar PV panels.