The Indian Army recently established its first green solar energy plant, which has a capacity of 56 KVA (kilowatt-ampere), at an altitude of 16,000 feet in northern Sikkim. Public Relation Officer (Defence) of Guwahati, Lt Col P Khongsai, has revealed that this project was developed in a partnership with IIT Mumbai.
A faculty of the esteemed institute worked in coordination with the soldiers stationed in Sikkim to complete the project in extremely hostile climatic conditions.
The plant is deemed to be both environmentally friendly and also useful for the well-being of the army personnel deployed in the forward areas in the north-eastern state, Saur Energy reports.
The Army has been making consistent progress in promoting renewable energy in its ranks in recent times. For example, a 1 MW solar power plant was launched at the Jalandhar cantonment on 22 April.
Rs 5.16 crore was spent in constructing this plant that is built over five acres of land and is dedicated for the military hospital.
3176 Indian-origin solar panels in this project will produce 15 lakh units of electricity on an annual basis and enable the government to reduce its expenditure by around Rs 1 crore every year.
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