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Government hosts 'Run for Sun' Marathon in New Delhi to celebrate International Sun Day

All-India Intra-School Solar Art Competition Solart to be held

Posted On: 03 MAY 2024 8:30PM by PIB Delhi

The Government of India joined the global community in commemorating International Sun Day today, 3rd May, 2024, as an annual reminder of the significant benefits of solar energy in fostering a greener and healthier planet. On this day, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, organized a 'Run for Sun' Marathon at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The 'Run for Sun' Marathon, featuring 3 km and 5 km races, was designed to raise awareness about the pivotal role of solar power in mitigating climate change and promoting a cleaner and healthier future for all.


The Marathon expressed the nation's steadfast commitment to solar energy and environmental sustainability. On the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Shri Bhupinder S. Bhalla said: “This event underscores our dedication to advancing sustainable energy solutions and highlights the importance of solar power in our journey towards environmental stewardship. The Marathon aligns perfectly with the Government's vision to promote physical fitness and well-being, wherein we encouraged citizens to embrace an active lifestyle while championing the cause of renewable energy. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants whose enthusiasm and support made this event a resounding success. We look forward to building upon this momentum and establishing it as an annual tradition."


Solar Stops in six cities to educate citizens on significance of solar energy

Another highlight of the International Sun Day celebrations was Solar Stops — kiosks boasting a diverse array of elements that bring out the significance of solar energy. The 12 captivating installations have been set up at prominent malls in six Indian cities, namely Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Vadodara, Guwahati, Varanasi and Chennai. Serving as focal points, Solar Stops highlight the innovative and eco-friendly aspects of solar energy, inviting attendees to learn and engage with the displays.


Solart: All-India Intra-School Solar Art Competition

On the occasion, the Ministry has also announced Solart, an All-India Intra-School Solar Art Competition, which would be an engaging and educational way to celebrate solar energy through artistic expressions, in recognition of International Sun Day. The competition seeks to spark creativity and promote awareness of solar energy among school students across India. Winners, as adjudged by schools, will receive commendation certificates from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.


PIB DELHI | Kripa Shankar Yadav / Dheep Joy Mampilly

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