The Indian Army has taken a significant step towards combating climate change by transforming the Narengi Military Station in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, into a fully renewable-based military facility. As part of this initiative, the army has recently installed a solar energy plant with a capacity of 1 MW at the military station, benefiting the troops stationed there.
The army officials have announced their plans to expand the solar energy plant to a capacity of 3 MW. The initial installation features Make in India solar panels, emphasizing the country’s indigenous manufacturing capabilities. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and water, are being harnessed to ensure a sustainable power supply for the military personnel, especially in high-altitude regions, and to enhance their living conditions.
To monitor and analyze power generation, a Real-Time Data Acquisition and Required Parameter Monitoring system has been put in place. This system incorporates weather parameter sensors like wind direction, wind speed, solar radiation, humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure sensors.
The current solar energy plant has already generated approximately 0.7 MW of power. Major General RK Jha, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 51 Sub Area at Narengi, expressed that the army has taken several measures to establish a 1 MW solar power plant and intends to utilize rooftops for solar panel installation to meet their own energy consumption needs. He also highlighted the minimal carbon footprint of the military station and the extensive tree plantation drives conducted in collaboration with the Assam Forest Department, involving the participation of army personnel, their families, and children.
Overall, the Indian Army’s efforts to create a renewable-based military station at Narengi reflect a commitment to sustainable practices, showcasing the integration of renewable energy, technology, and environmental conservation within the armed forces.