Solar Energy to Power All Lighthouses in India

New Delhi: In its bid to cut down on CO2 emissions, the Directorate General of Lighthouse & Lightships (DGLL), a subordinate organization under the Union Ministry of Shipping, has decided to usher in renewable sources of energy, and has started harnessing solar energy to operate its lighthouses.

According to the DGLL, as many as 176 Lighthouses have been fully solarized till date. The Directorate has also planned to achieve complete solarization of all the Lighthouses by December 31, 2016. With this complete solarization, approximately 1.5 MWh energy will be generated, amounting to approximately reducing 6000 Kg of greenhouse gases per day. DGLL currently maintains 193 Lighthouses, which aid marine navigation to the mariners transiting in coastal waters of India.

Most of these Lighthouses were operating on the conventional source of energy , namely Electricity and Diesel Generators, which consume fossil fuel and emit high amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), thus increasing greenhouse effect and causing air pollution. Generation of 1 Mega Watt Hour (MWh) power through fossil fuel leads to emission of approximately 900 Kg of CO2.

On achieving complete solarization, all the Lighthouses under DGLL will be operating on Green Energy. This is a step in line with the government’s initiative to maximize the use of Green Energy for protection of environment besides making the Lighthouses operate on a reliable, resilient and renewable energy system and reduction of global warming emissions.