Inauguration of 50 Kilowatt “Gandhi Solar Park” at UN Headquarters (Download PDF)

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The Prime Minister of India inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the Headquarters of United Nations (UN) on 24th September 2019. The solar park was inaugurated at UN Headquarters New York City during a special commemorative event that celebrated the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • The Solar Panel has been installed on the roof of UN Headquarters by India with a contribution of about $1 million.

  • Altogether there are 193 panels in the roof-top solar park consisting of one panel each for every 193 UN Member State.

  • The amount of energy being generated will be equivalent to energy that would have been created through use of 30,000 kilograms of coal.

  • The maximum power generation will be 50 KW through these solar panels.

  • The Solar Park also consists of a carbon sequestration (a natural or artificial process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and held in solid or liquid form. of 1000 seedlings which will grow into trees over a period of 10 years) with an annual output of 86,244 KWh.

India’S Future Program

  • After China and the US, India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

  • Coal power, cattle and paddy are major sources of emission.

  • By 2030, India has pledged for a 33 - 35 % reduction in emission intensity. Emission intensity is the emission associated with each unit of economic output. This pledge of India is with respect to its commitment the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted by 195 countries in Paris in 2015.

  • Within the past couple of years India has impressively shifted from incandescent bulbs to LED.

  • India has also proposed to achieve the target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy by the year 2022. This includes 100 GW from solar, 60 from wind and the rest from small hydro, etc. Out of 100 GW of solar, 40 GW is expected to be achieved through rooftop solar project.

  • India will also host the second general assembly of the International Solar Alliance.

  • To Commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, a special UN postage stamp on Gandhi@150 years was released and the Gandhi Peace Garden. The Gandhi Peace Garden is a crowd-funded project to plant 150 trees adopted by people in the memory of their loved ones at the State University of New York-Old Westbury campus.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 31, 2019

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