PUNE: Becoming the first university in the country to use solar energy, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), under ‘Green Energy Mission’, has decided to install solar panels on 14 buildings in the university campus.
In the first phase of the project, the solar panels over six buildings were inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar on Thursday.
“It is a proud moment for the university to initiate such a mission,” said Karmalkar while speaking on the occasion. Pro-Vice Chancellor NS Umrani and Registrar Arvind Shaligram were also present.
A total of 602 kilowatts of solar power project was operated under the school of Energy Studies at SPPU.
Speaking about the project, Sandesh Jadkar of Energy Studies, said, “All the buildings in the university were inspected for the project, out of which 14 were selected. In the next phase, we will install panels on seven more buildings by December this year.”
In the first phase, the solar panels have been installed on the buildings of the Department of Law, Centre for Modelling and Simulation, Ambedkar Bhavan, Jaykar Library, CAP Bhavan and Department of Technology.
SPPU outsourced the work of installation to CleanMax Solar after due approval from the Central Government’s Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
On similar lines, the university also has plans to start projects to recycle and reuse water in the campus and use biogas equipment.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE PROJECT
- The project has a capacity of 602 kilowatts.
- This project will help save electricity consumption in the campus worth around Rs 35.5 lakh, saving around 8,72,900 kWh of electricity.
- The project will also help reduce the carbon emission of around 716 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to planting 14,420 trees.