Dyal Singh College to Light up Homes with Solar Power
Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College’s latest initiative could come as a relief to many homes in South Delhi which suffer from power shortage. The college has installed solar panels which will not only fulfill the electricity requirement of the college but will also supply power to the vicinity. The college has become the first to install high intensity solar panels. This project is being executed in two phases of 100 kW each. The first phase was completed at a cost of Rs 62 lakh and an inspection was held on April 16. The project was granted a 15 per cent subsidy.
“We have decided that the excessive power produced will be shared with the community. These solar panels will reduce the electricity bill by almost 30 per cent.” said I S Bakshi, Principal of Dyal Singh College. “This is our way to save the environment. The entire college will be using the energy generated by the solar panels installed on the roof,” he added. The second phase of the 200 kW solar project would materialize in future with which the college would become selfsufficient to fully power up the college without any help from BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), one of the electricity suppliers in the Capital.
The college administration hopes that with the use of solar panels, electricity bills will go down. The plant is being used according to ‘Net Metering System’ through which the energy generated by this plant is first used by the college and the surplus is sold to the BSES Rajdhani Power Limited. Since the college is not open throughout the year and electricity consumption is less on some days, the power generated on such days will be sold to BSES Rajdhani Power Limited. Therefore, it is estimated that within three years, the cost of installing would be reimbursed by the college. The college is also building an effluent treatment plant, which will treat the chemical waste generated from chemistry labs.