The official residence of the President of India goes green with solar panels
Well, there’s a lot more green news from India, this time from the President’s place of residence, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, wherein resides the President, Pratibha Patil, who just completed three years in office. The building was awarded an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001:2004 Certificate, owing to the fact that it is now the country’s first urban habitat with excellent environmental management systems. President Pratibha Patil has more reason to smile, taken that her home uses a bunch of energy-saving measures, waste segregation and recycling program, involving a self-help group of women.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is also equipped with a rain-water harvesting program and the concept of zero wastage of water. Solar panels and photovoltaic panels have found their place at the new auditorium, health centre and President’s secretariat officers’ institute, with an inclusion of 100 solar streetlights to light the Presidents path. This has resulted in saving up around 100,000 kW per hour of electricity in a year, shortening bills by around $14,430.