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Higher Education

Mumbai college installs largest solar setup

PUBLISH DATE 19th October 2017

 A south Mumbai college has adopted green energy to power their premises and is set to wipe out their carbon-footprint over the next 25 years.

The Maharashtra College of Arts and Commerce in Nagpada will save 37.1 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year after they installed 50 kilowatt-power (kWp) solar rooftop setup with 150 panels, making it the largest solar project for any educational institute in south Mumbai.

According to a carbon footprint calculator by the US Energy and Information Administration, one kilowatt hour (kw-hr) consumption of solar energy equals 500gm of CO2 saved. The project was sanctioned on Wednesday and the college is expected to save ₹7,70,000 annually. The power source will generate 191.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) energy per day and 70,000 kWh annually. Lights, fans, water-pumps, lifts and airconditioners at the seven-storey college building along with a two-floor annexe building will all be lit using the solar system.

A two bedroom apartment in Mumbai generates 8kWh electricity daily. Solar energy is a free source of renewable energy that does not cause pollution and instead, reduces carbon emissions that come from burning coal, gas and oil for electricity generation.