A proposed solar plant is expected to be built in Uttar Pradesh, India near the Taj Mahal to ensure that the iconic building and its surrounding areas receive a continuous power supply, according to reports.
Citing officials, online news site the Hindu Business Line reports reveals that the proposed plant has already been approved by the district authorities. The installation of the plant is expected to cost around INR17 lakh (US$31,432) which will be financed by the Taj Heritage Fund.
India’s Department of Tourism official Deepti Vats revealed that the electricity generated from the plant would also power the Taj, Taj Nature Walk and Shilpagram areas which often become dark in the evening as a result of frequent power failures. The capacity of the plant has not been divulged.
The proposed plant is also in line with the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s scheme which concentrates on developing solar projects at places of national and international importance including historical monuments.
India has been blighted with an unreliable power supply service. Its largest blackout occurred at the end of July when millions of people were left without power for two days. Recognising the country’s urgent need for a reliable electricity service, the government has set a national target of 20GW of solar power by 2022.