PATNA: Several government buildings in the city, including the divisional commissioner’s office, have cut down energy bills by 70-80% after installation of solar panels last month.
“Solar panels have not just cut down the power bill, but have also set an example to store and consume renewable sources of energy,” said Patna divisional commissioner Sanjay Kumar Agarwal.
He added, “The solar panel atop divisional commissioner’s office is capable of producing 45 kilowatts of electricity. Even though there weren’t many sunny days after the installation of solar panels in mid-December, there has been a major reduction as far as the energy bill is concerned. This month’s electricity consumption at the office was 950 units, of which 800 units were covered by solar panels.”
Talking about energy consumption during summer, he said, “Solar panels are sufficient even when the weather is hot and electricity consumption is more due to the use of air conditioners and fans. In fact, we are expecting a 100% reduction in electricity bills in the coming months. Since summer days are sunny, the panel will store more solar energy.”
Aimed at promoting renewable sources, altogether 23 government buildings across the city were identified for the installation of solar panels. As part of Patna Smart City Limited (PSCL), 10 solar rooftop panels have so far been set up in the city – one each at DM’s residence, divisional commissioner’s office, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Bihar Rajya Police Parivahan Mukhyalay, and Sachchidanand Sinha Library and four at Bankipore Girls’ High School.
PSCL sources said Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has already conducted surveys of the remaining locations. “The project, which entails an expenditure of Rs2.45 crore, is targeted to be completed in two-three months,” a PSCL official said.
Altogether 181kW solar panels have started generating electricity at DM’s residence, divisional commissioner’s office, and Bankipur Girls’ High School. “While solar rooftop panels on the four buildings of Bankipore Girls’ High School have a capacity of 125kW, panels at the divisional commissioner’s office and DM’s office can produce 45kW and 11kW of electricity, respectively,” the official added.

News Source:  The Times of India

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