Jawaharlal Nehru University installs 500 KW rooftop solar systems
Indias renowned educational Institution, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is all set to be powered by Solar Energy, a 500 KW rooftop project is commissioned by Fourth Partner Energy. The project has been implemented under SECIs 1,000 MW grid-connected rooftop solar PV system scheme for government buildings. JNU will receive solar power at a rate of Rs.3.39 per KWh for 25 years. About 60% of power cost will be reduced to the university by the solar power generated by these installations. In support of the governments green initiative of reaching 99,533 MW of solar power by 2022, JNU on its part has begun to install solar since 2017 in its campus. Further expansion of solar energy generation and conservation has also been planned to realize the maximum capacity of solar power generation of 2 MW, said M. Jagadesh Kumar, the vice-chancellor of JNU in a press statement. Brajesh Kumar Sinha, the vice president at Fourth Partner Energy said, We are happy to see their initiative in leading the way for educational institutions to become more environment friendly and promoting sustainability initiatives. We believe that our vast experience in executing and maintaining over 1,600 solar plants across 22 states helped us bag this prestigious project. This rooftop project is set across eight buildings and was executed in 42 days. This power plant is expected to reduce carbon emission by 700 tons per year, which is equivalent to planting 32,000 trees. One more leading university in New Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia University also recently commissioned a 2.25 MW solar PV project in its premises. As per the installation university would receive solar power at a tariff of 3.39/KWh for next 25 years. Mercom recently reported that solar-Not black coal is beginning to power classrooms, dormitories and canteens of multitudes of educational institutions across the country. Solar power is heating water, helping run laboratories, shining auditoriums, cooling down canteens, assisting in administrative work and illuminating street lights on school grounds. Due to surging electricity bills and the desire to protect the environment, a large number of educational institutions are turning to solar to meet their daily energy needs. In July 2018, Amity University got solar rooftop PV project installed, totaling 1.8 MW in its 3 campuses. Whereas in May 2018, IIT Kharagpur had expressed its interest in having 5.5 MW of solar projects. Recently, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Uttarakhands Pantanagar town called tender for 5 MW grid-connected rooftop solar PV. The educational institutions are setting up good example by initiating solar power projects. This will make the country adopt a sustainable and economic source of power. This will also help the overall growth of rooftop solar sector. According to the latest quarterly report by Mercom India Research, Indias solar installations have reached 6.6 GW up-to-date with large scale projects making up-to 5,382 MW and rooftop installations accounting for 1,240 MW. Rooftop installations in Q3 2018 have produced 435 MW, which has led increase in 5% form 415 MW installed in Q2 2018, an 64% increase when compared to 265 MW installed in Q3 2017.