Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board. The navy said the system, equipped on the ship, works using sunlight and hence, is 100% reliable for power source that can be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings onboard round the clock with battery outputs during the night. The survey class vessel INS Sarvekshak, attached with the southern naval command, has been fitted with 18 sheets of solar panels atop its hangar. It took about six months to put the entire system in place. The system is “maintenance free” whereas the diesel generator requires regular maintenance. Even if the system is used for 25 days in one year, the system can repay its cost in less than 10 years while protecting the nature. By installing the 5 KW solar power system, the vessel will be able to avoid around 165kg of carbon a day, 60,225 kg of carbon a year plus 22,995 litres of diesel. So in its 25 years of life cycle, the total carbon saved is around 15 lakh kg and 5.75 lakh litres of diesel by this innovation. Noting that the world is looking for clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy to protect and reduce the harm caused to the environment, the navy said the deterioration of the environment was highly correlated to the production and usage of fossil-based fuels worldwide. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appreciated the innovation when the project was put on display at the exhibition organised by the Navy headquarters.