In a significant move towards sustainable development, Assam's Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that solar rooftops will become a mandatory feature in all new real estate projects.
This initiative aligns with the state's budget provisions, which aim to create a realistic roadmap for sustainable growth and employment opportunities.
Addressing the media, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "The Prime Minister is giving a lot of focus on solar rooftops, so this budget has made compulsory that anybody who will develop in Assam real estate project, solar rooftops will be compulsory...without solar rooftops, you cannot have any real estate projects in Assam."
The infrastructure required for this initiative includes solar power plants for energy generation and an electrical grid for power distribution.
Solar energy, known for its wide availability and unlimited potential, is a clean energy source that does not emit air or water pollution when harnessed through solar panels.
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For the installation of rooftop solar structures, approximately 100 square feet (about 10 square meters) of shade-free roof area is needed per kilowatt (kW) of capacity.
This requirement ensures that adequate space is available for the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to operate efficiently.
These systems can either be integrated into existing roofs in the form of solar shingles or may necessitate a complete roof replacement, depending on the design and technology used.
While Assam's policy to mandate solar rooftops in real estate projects is a progressive step, it reflects a broader trend in the region towards embracing renewable energy solutions.
By adopting such measures, Assam is poised to contribute to India's overall efforts in reducing carbon emissions and promoting green energy, thereby fostering a more sustainable future.
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