Indian Navy completed two years of its Green Initiatives Programme on World Environment Day. On the occasion the Navy has set itself an aggressive target of 21 MW Solar PV installations, to be implemented in three phases.
The initiative is in line with the National Mission of Mega Watt to Giga Watt towards achieving 100 GW Solar PV installations by 2022. Indian Navy has also pledged 1.5 per cent of its Works budget towards Renewable Energy generation. Under this scheme, Solar PV projects are being undertaken at various Naval Stations across all Commands.
Naval Stations, with scarce available land, have resorted to the deploying Rooftop Solar PV panels.
While the Renewable Energy scenario in the country is dominated by Solar and Wind energy, the Navy is also exploring the possibility of harnessing the Renewable Energy from oceans. Towards this, in consultation with pioneers in the field and MNRE, feasibility of exploiting Ocean Thermal Energy and Wave Energy as sources of power, are under discussion. The pursuit of green goals of Indian Navy requires sustained and focused efforts.