The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), which is known for organizing the Printpack India exhibition in the country on graphic arts industry, has initiated an eco-friendly step for saving electricity which is being generated through fossil resources. The association has installed a 20 KW solar system photo-voltaic power plant in its administrative office in Noida, Delhi/NCR.
Solar energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of power. India is the world’s fourth largest carbon emitter in which power sector is a significant contributor. However, in recent years, India has made strides in the field of renewable energy. Clean and sustainable power is a need of the day. In India, majority of the current electricity supply is generated from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, but these traditional energy sources face several challenges, including rising prices, security concerns, over-dependence on imports, etc. It also involves climate change risks associated with power generation using fossil fuels. Keeping these several factors in view, the central and state governments are supporting the development of alternative energy sources and new technologies.
The excess electricity generated by the solar plant installed in IPAMA premises will be supplied to the state government as per the norms. IPAMA says that although its motivations for going solar are economic, there are many positive sides of using solar energy. It believes that solar energy is eco-friendly, allows optimum utilization of land and, most importantly, it is better for the nation as it reduces dependency on other countries for fuel.