Raj Bhavan, the office and residence of Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, here has won the first prize for energy conservation at the 9th state-level energy conservation awards announced by the state Energy Development Agency.
The award carrying a cash reward of Rs. 1 lakh has been declared to Raj Bhavan in recognition of its efforts to promote the use of non-conventional energy and save conventional energy, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.
This is second major recognition for the Raj Bhavan that was declared ISO certified organisation last year.
Governor Sankaranarayanan has congratulated the staff and officers of Raj Bhavan on the achievement and has asked them to continue their efforts towards energy conservation.
The second prize has gone to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Kalwa, while the Telephone Exchange Building, Bhandara, and Tax Building, CTO Compound, Nagpur, have been selected for the joint third prize in the category of ‘Government Buildings’.
A solar power plant with a capacity to generate 40 KW of power was commissioned in Raj Bhavan in March 2013 with financial assistance from the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. Some of the important buildings in Raj Bhavan, street lights inside the Raj Bhavan complex, tube lights and fans in the Governor’s Secretariat have been powered by solar energy, the spokesperson said.
During the last two years, Raj Bhavan has replaced conventional lights with LED lights. Old power consuming Air Conditioners have been replaced by power-efficient VRV units, while water heaters have been replaced by solar water heaters. Raj Bhavan had also implemented an awareness campaign to save power.
According to Vasant Salunke, Comptroller of the Governor’s Households, “the power consumption of Raj Bhavan was reduced by 1.35 lakh units which translates into a saving of Rs 14 lakh per annum.