Prayagraj: The state’s first solar tree and perhaps the tallest in the world will be erected in Sangam city under the Smart City project. Two city parks would be chosen for installing the hi-tech tree which would harness around 0.5 kilowatt (KW) of electricity. A solar tree is a single-pillar structure saddled with modules to mobilise solar energy like a tree trunk and can be an artwork or a power generator. And the twin solar trees would be special.
“Besides being the first in the state, the tree would be 8metre high, surpassing the world’s tallest tree at Tourism London (Ontario, Canada) by 1 metre,” said mission manager, Smart City, SK Sinha. Currently, the world’s largest solar tree is installed at the residential colony of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur in West Bengal.
Here, a solar tree came at a cost of Rs 7.5lakh and the installed capacity was above 11.5 KW.
However, the project cost of solar trees at Prayagraj is being hammered out, said Sinha.