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SunPower solar system installed on India's first green building

Rooftop solar solution from US firm SunPower installed on India's first net zero energy building

Rooftop solar system
The solar solution from SunPower is a high efficiency rooftop PV system

A rooftop solar system from US PV cell developer SunPower has been installed on India's first green building. The global solar technology solutions company, based in San Jose, California, has announced Indian firm Swadeshi Civil Infrastructure has completed installation of its 930kW SunPower solar system on the rooftop of the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan building in New Delhi. The state-of-the art building is India's first net zero energy building.

SunPower said its high efficiency, reliable, solar solution was chosen for the green building project given its energy generation requirements and the limited rooftop area. The high-efficiency SunPower E-Series solar panels were installed on the building with a five-degree tilt to fully optimise its expected energy output of 1.5m kWh annually.

Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions, said: "SunPower's world leading solar panel technology will help the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan project in New Delhi generate enough electricity from its rooftop solar system to cover 100 per cent of its energy demand. We're proud to be one of the Indian government's sustainability partners as it maximises clean solar power generation and cost savings at this innovative net zero building."

Ram Avatar, CMD of the New Delhi-based Swadeshi Civil Infrastructure Pvt, added: "For this urban project, with very limited rooftop space and high energy generation requirement, the selection of high efficiency solar panels was the most critical aspect. Thanks to SunPower solar panels, we can now hope to achieve the stringent goal of net zero energy for this building."

The news of the green building's development follows India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy approving plans earlier this month for a new solar energy research institute in the BRIC country. The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) will be a revamp of the current Solar Energy Centre in Haryana, India, which was established in 1982.

SunPower said the new green building's design emphasises conservation featuring trees to reduce adverse environmental impact, adequate natural light and shaded landscaped areas to reduce ambient temperature. The building is targeted to achieve Platinum from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system, known as LEED INDIA. It also is expected to receive a five star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment from the rating system. This has been developed by the Energy and Resource Institute and supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Managed by the Central Public Works Department of India, the project is being spearheaded by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests.