Indian state Governor’s bungalow powered by solar

The official residence of the Governor of an Indian state is now being powered by solar – setting an example on using alternative energy in a country still facing blackouts. […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The official residence of the Governor of an Indian state is now being powered by solar – setting an example on using alternative energy in a country still facing blackouts.

The Governor bungalow or ‘Raj Bhavan’ in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh has installed the renewable energy source to cater to its power needs, which provides nearly 70% of electricity to the buildings on the premises.

The daily energy consumption of the buildings is around 250 units of which solar power contributes 150 units, depending on the availability of the light, reports claim. The solar system is said to have been installed at a cost of Rs 96 lakh (£120,000) and according to reports, it would help save around Rs four lakh (£4,850) on energy bills every year.

The Raj Bhavan is believed to be the third in the country after Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat (pictured) to install solar energy.

Last year India faced a two-day blackout which affected more than 600 million people in the country.