15 UT govt schools to use solar power

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2014 18:06 IST

UT government schools have planned to go green as 15 more local government schools would meet their electricity consumption from solar power plants in near future. Two government schools in Sector 46 are already running on solar power.

Official sources said Chandigarh Renewal Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), a society under department of science and technology, has already awarded the contract to Delhi-based Rays Power Infra Pvt Ltd for setting up roof-based solar power project in 15 government schools at an estimate cost of `5 crore. According to the contract, the company would have to finish the work within next 5 months.

"This project will give financial advantage to these schools, saving significant amount spent on electricity bills," said director science and technology Santosh Kumar, adding that the Delhi-based firm would begin its work from July and before the end of this year, 15 schools in UT would use solar power.

Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45; Government Model High School, Manimajra; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Manimajra Town; Government Model High School, Vikas Nagar and Government High School, Mauli Colony, are among the 15 schools to use solar power.

Kumar informed that total capacity of these projects would be 475 KWp

CREST project director Ravindra Singh said the savings would allow schools to redirect their other academic priorities and needs. In addition to financial benefits, it can also serve as a valuable tool for providing staff, students and the community with the opportunity to see renewable energy at work.

Rays Power Infra director Ketan Mehta said the project will complete in December.

35 schools with solar power in current financial year

Kumar said schools, colleges and hospitals were given first preference among other public buildings in the city. The department has a target of installing roof-based solar power plants in as many as 35 government schools in this current financial year.

Soon the contract would be floated for other schools.

According to the information, the city has been selected as a 'Model Solar City' by union minister for new and renewable energy.

The department is focusing more on grid interactive solar power system as it is more successful than battery operated solar power system.

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