Kolkata’s Raj Bhavan became the first governor’s house in the country to go solar. The President was there, as was Governor Gandhi. President Pratibha Patil switched on the 12 solar power panels amid an august gathering at the governor’s residence.Farooq Abdullah, Union minister of new and renewable energy resources, too, was present. So were state ministers Debesh Das and Kshiti Goswami. Abdullah said, "We tried to instal solar lights in other Raj Bhavans in the country, but only this one managed to do it. This Raj Bhavan has become a model for the project."
The governor, who feels strongly about energy conservation and has been religiously switching off lights at Raj Bhavan for two hours every day, smiled. The Kolkata Raj Bhavan, incidentally, used to be the seat of British imperial power and served as the residence of the Governor-General of India between 1804 and 1912.
Ever since Gandhi started staying here, Raj Bhavan has taken several initiatives towards going green. In 2008, an audit of the energy consumption of all possible aspects in Raj Bhavan was initiated and several correctional measures, such as reduction in power consumption and fuel consumption, were taken.
"We intend to install 10 LED lamps of 5 KW each at Raj Bhavan. The entire project will be completed by next March," said West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation (WBGEDC) managing director S P Gon Chaudhuri.
Currently, Raj Bhavan’s daily electricity consumption, barring its adjacent office rooms, is 110 KW. "A total 50 KW of solar power to be connected directly with the grid will be generated every day. This will reduce carbon emission here by 40%. This will also save half a tonne of coal consumption per day," said Gon Choudhuri.
Source- Times of India