Assam Inaugurates Janata Bhawan Solar Project


Guwahati: Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the Janata Bhawan Solar Project, a significant step in Assam’s green energy initiatives. The project, a 2.5-MW grid-connected solar PV system at the Assam Secretariat Complex, marks a historic moment as it makes the complex the first civil secretariat in India to rely entirely on solar power.

The project, costing Rs. 12.56 crore, is expected to produce an average of 3 lakh units of electricity monthly, with the investment recoverable within four years. The monthly savings on electricity costs are projected to be approximately Rs. 30 lakhs. Over its 25-year lifespan, the solar plant will reduce 3060 metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually, totaling 76,500 metric tonnes.

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Dr. Sarma emphasized the project’s importance in reducing the state’s reliance on traditionally-produced electricity, highlighting that the government had been spending around Rs. 30 lakhs monthly on electricity. The transition to solar power will allow these funds to be redirected to social and economic welfare programs. He encouraged other government offices, particularly medical colleges and universities, to adopt solar energy in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the state’s broader green energy initiatives, mentioning the recently launched 25-MW Solar Power Project at Namrup and upcoming projects in Bharchalla, Khudigaon, and a massive 1,000-MW project in Karbi Anglong. These projects aim to significantly reduce Assam’s dependence on external energy sources and have already contributed to a Rs. 60 crore profit for the Assam Power Generation Company Limited this year.

Dr. Sarma urged the public to apply for the “PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Scheme” to reduce household electricity expenses, noting that solar panel installations can decrease consumption costs by 85%. Additionally, from July 1, free electricity supply to official quarters will be discontinued, and officials will pay for their consumption.

The event was attended by Power Minister Nandita Gorlosa, Chief Secretary Ravi Kota, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister K.K. Dwivedi, and APDCL Managing Director Rakesh Kumar, among others.

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