DELHI UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GOES THE GREEN WAY
Delhi University’s Lakshmibai College has gone solar by installing a roofop solar project on its campus. Taking a major step towards becoming an environment-friendly campus, the college has installed solar panels which would provide 77 kW of electricity. Te project is expected to reduce the electricity bill by 40 to 50% with savings of over `5 lakh per annum for the next 25 years. Te initiative was undertaken with the help of a private entity and the Delhi government’s power generation arm Indraprastha Power Generation. Te initiative is expected to generate 107,520 kWh of power per annum, reducing the college’s dependence on grid electricity. Te expected reduction in CO2 emission is 88.7 tonnes in a year for the next 25 years.
Te college has partnered with CleanMax Solar, which has provided solar power-based on the ‘pay as you go’ or commonly known as ‘OPEX’ model, at a tarif, 50 per cent cheaper than the prevailing grid electricity tarifs.
“Adopting solar power is a socially responsible step and ensures financial benefits which can be passed on to the development of the institute. We are extremely happy to be associated with CleanMax Solar to implement rooftop solar project at our campus. As an educational institute, we are committed to contribute to preserving the environment and also hope to create awareness about the solar technology among our students and patrons,” said Lakshmibai College principal Dr Pratyush Vatsala. Te soaring pollution level and high carbon footprint in Delhi is an indication that more institutes and corporates in the city should adopt solar energy not only to save cost but also reduce dependence on the grid power or diesel generators which are not environment-friendly.