NAVI MUMBAI: As part of the Green Port Initiative launched by the Ministry of Shipping, JNPT has taken a small step towards becoming a sustainable energy generation Port by installing solar power plant on several rooftops in the township and commercial premises. The main objective of this project includes contributing to reduction in carbon emissions and consequently improving environment besides reducing cost of power purchased from grid by utilization of solar power for power generation.
Rooftop solar plants allows the use of building roofs, an area which is otherwise not usable, for energy generation. JNPT has installed solar power plant on several rooftops in the township and commercial premises. The 822 KWp project covering Rooftop solar installation at JNPT Hospital- 234 kW, St. Mary School- 45.6 kW, IES School- 36 kW, Officer’s club-30KW, staff club- 20KW, Multipurpose hall-40KW, shopping complex-126KW in the township, Port User Building (PUB)- 96 kW and Administration Building- 175 KWp is installed at an expense of Rs 4.5 crore, supported by a 15% subsidy from SECI (part of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy).
The total 822 KWp will generate around 9.0 lakh units of electricity annually contributing to 80 % of approximate present consumption of these premises, thereby saving around Rs.1.26 crore of electricity expense for JNPT in the first year itself. All the rooftop installation work got completed by Oct 16 end and till Jan 2017 end over 2 lac units have been generated leading to a saving of approx. 30 lacs.