The solar dome will not only serve to raise awareness about solar energy, it will also act as a museum displaying various usages of the unconventional energy as well as a tourist spot, West Bengal Power Minister Manish Gupta said.
    
The entire dome will be covered by solar panels which, in turn, will produce electricity to run the project and will also provide power to the nearby Eco-Park at Rajarhat.
    
It will house a planetarium, marine aquarium, gallery and a view point from which the visitors will have a panoramic view of Rajarhat-Newtown. According to officials of WBSEDCL, the solar dome project is an awareness project which is part of the state government's ambitious target to generate at least 100 MWs of power from rooftop solar units over the next two to three years.
    
"The state government has set a target to generate at least 100 MWs of power from rooftop solar panels in the next 2-3 years," an official said.
    
To make solar power more viable and popular among urban people in West Bengal, the state government last year had asked the highrises in Rajarhat to install solar panels on their roof tops.

 

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