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To light up sites at night, ASI is likely to install Solar Panels on all Historical Monuments

5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites but the capacity of these units might increase depending on the requirement

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  • Sources in the Ministry of Culture has confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead
  • 5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites
  • It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to light up the heritage sites as well as Historical monuments with the help of solar photovoltaic systems at the rooftop of all the monuments. The idea behind the new ambitious plan is to increase the tourist visits and reduce electricity bills significantly.

The India Today report stated that sources in the Ministry of Culture confirmed the decision saying the initiative has already received a go-ahead and the process of installing solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems on the premises of heritage sites and historical monuments. The installation process will start from July-August this year, in 2016, only as the fund for the project has already been allocated by the Ministry of Culture.

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5MW to 25MW solar power units will be installed at each of the monument sites but the capacity of these units maight increase depending on the requirement. The tourists can view the ASI monuments after the solar panels have been installed.

“All the rooftops of the ASI protected monuments will come under the purview of the initiative. We will cover the rooftops with solar power panels to light up the area at night. It will help save on the electricity bills significantly. It is an ongoing process and will be executed in phases. The fund has been sanctioned already by the ministry. It will be implemented in all archaeological sites where the rooftop is available for necessary solar installation. The capacity of the solar panels may increase at some sites where the requirement would be higher as per the physical geography of the location,” an official said to India Today.

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture was founded in 1861 that is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country. ASI protects and preserves more than 3,686 protected monuments of national importance spread all over India.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Night view is full of pleasure. This will help in attracting more tourists and since it works on Solar power it will reduce the bill and will be eco-friendly.

  • AJ Krish

    Installing solar panels to light the monuments up has so much potential for tourism. The view of the monuments at night will definitely be different and will attract more tourists.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. We should start installing more Solar panels for generating electricity so, that it will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. It will decrease our the use of fossil fuel. We should install more solar panels in other places also.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Night view is full of pleasure. This will help in attracting more tourists and since it works on Solar power it will reduce the bill and will be eco-friendly.

  • AJ Krish

    Installing solar panels to light the monuments up has so much potential for tourism. The view of the monuments at night will definitely be different and will attract more tourists.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. We should start installing more Solar panels for generating electricity so, that it will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great. It will decrease our the use of fossil fuel. We should install more solar panels in other places also.

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“I don’t do anything … just for political gain,” Trump said. “But I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner. People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave border patrol folks. I think that it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed. So, we have to have border security.”

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