The New York based office of United Nations has installed solar panels on its roof top, which can generate power up to 50 Kilowatt (KW). A green roof system has also been installed next to the panels. India has gifted these solar panels to the United Nations, as a goodwill gesture and as its contribution in combating climate change.

The United Nations tweeted, “Solar panels, a gift from India, are installed on the roof of the UN. The panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power.”

In another tweet, the UN also shared the news that, “A green roof is placed next to the new solar panels, a gift from India, on the roof of the UN.” The green roof, also called living roof is covered  with vegetation, not just as decoration but is a good idea to instill some greenery around the tall buildings.

In September, last year, India contributed USD 1 million for the installation of these solar panels at the UN headquarters.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet earlier that, “The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.”

He said, “India is the “first responder” to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for climate action.”

Under-Secretary-General for Management Jan Beagle also tweeted, “I thank Ambassador Akbaruddin for India’s generous contribution for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the UN conference building. A strong message promoting Innovation for action on climate change and efficiency.”

Solar power is one of the most vital renewable sources of energy that can be utilized for various purposes. The government of India’s focus is to promote solar energy. In this regard India has increased its solar power generation capacity by nearly five times. In 2017–18, India added 9,362.65 MW, the highest of any year. The original target of 20 GW was surpassed in 2018, four years ahead of the 2022 deadline.