The environment ministry building will meet its energy needs with an onsite 930-kilowatt solar power plant.

Befittingly enough, the headquarter of India’s environment ministry, coming up in the capital’s Jor Bagh district, is set to become the country’s first zero-conventional energy multi-storeyed building. Being built by the Central Public Works Department the edifice will meet its entire energy demand of 14 lakh units with an onsite 930-kilowatt solar power plant.

The director general of CPWD, V K Gupta, described the building, named the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, as “an embodiment of almost every measure of sustainability that is possible in buildings.” Among its unique features is an automated robotic parking facility for 330 cars.

Engineers involved with the project said that ‘novel measures’ were adopted in the construction of this building to curb its energy demand by 30 per cent as compared to any conventional structure of this size. For example, rooftop areas were increased three-fold from 2,000 to 6,000 square meters by building huge cantilevers to accommodate a sufficient number of mono-crystalline solar PV panels.

The solar power generated in the Rs-200-crore complex will be fed back into the NDMC grid from where the building will initially draw power. Gupta said that the extra cost to make the building zero reliant on conventional energy would be recovered in 10 years. On the occasion, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said that green buildings were the answer to rising power scarcity.

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