To promote renewable energy, South Delhi’s Pannalal Girdharlal Dayanand Anglo Vedic (PGDAV) College has taken green measures like rainwater harvesting system and installing solar panels on campus. The move will not just help the college but other areas of South Delhi too as rainwater harvesting system will increase the water table of nearby localities while surplus energy generated through solar panels will be sold to the power agency. With these initiatives, PGDAV will become the second college of south campus, after Dyal Singh College, to implement green projects in the campus.
“Water and electricity crisis is a global challenge and it is our responsibility to educate people, especially the youth, about conserving water and producing electricity through renewable energy. Therefore, we decided to use the rainwater harvesting system to recharge the ground water level and set up solar panel,” said college principal MM Goyal.
The college has invested around `20 lakh in the project which includes creation of storm water drain and other infrastructure. Under this project, three soak pits have already been set up to recharge the ground water.
The estimate for solar power panel has not been made yet, however, according to a rough estimate, the college expects to save at least Rs 1.5 lakh in its power bill after the installation of solar panels. “The survey has been done for installation of solar panels and the matter is being discussed by the building committee. We are hopeful of starting it by this year,” Goyal said.
The plant will be used according to ‘Net Metering System’. It will allow the college to sell the excess energy to BSES Rajdhani Power Limited. Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between power utilities and consumers that connects renewable energy generating systems to the discom’s network.
“People often complain about the shortage of electricity during summers. Our move might help others as the college is not open throughout the year and surplus energy produced during this time will be sold to BSES Rajdhani Power Limited,” said OP Agarwal, faculty and bursar of the college. He said that the idea behind starting such projects in the college is to create more awareness about renewable energy and also make it a role model for others.
Over 10 leading schools and 16 commercial bodies have taken to rooftop solar net metering in south Delhi. These include Dyal Singh College, Vasant Valley School, Tagore International School, St Mary’s School and Bhatnagar International School along with some commercial establishments in Mehrauli and Okhla.
Energy experts say that these solar panels are expected to save consumers between Rs 3,000-32,000 per month depending on their power consumption and the surplus.