Officials of Savitribai Phule Pune University are expecting a record number of applications from affiliated colleges and recognized institutes for installing rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in their respective campuses.
Shrirang Bathe, head of the planning and development department of the varsity , that oversees the solar project said, “The funding will ensure that more colleges apply this time. We are expecting over 250 colleges to apply this time. The varsity wants to promote the concept of clean energy among students and what is a better way than powering campuses with clean energy .“
The university will sanction up to Rs5 lakh to each collegeinstitute for the installation of the system under the quality improvement programme (QIP). At present, Modern College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Ganeshkhind has a13kW supply from alternative sources and plans to add another 10kW from this project.The university is of the opinion that with funds being sanctioned, more colleges will opt for this green technology .
Registrar of SPPU, Arvind Shaligram, said, “Colleges affiliated to us and recognized institutes can apply for this grant. When it started last year, some colleges had applied.Then a committee was constituted to see whether the project would be feasible in the area mentioned. The funds were sanctioned and the disbursement of the amount is still in progress.“
Shaligram added, “It is a clean energy project. We want more and more colleges to apply for it. Obviously there are constraints such as space, availability of sunlight, electric grids, etc. However, if possible I would ask all colleges that didn't apply last time to do so this year.“ The online application process will be open till September 25.
Sanjay Kharat, principal of Modern College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Ganeshkind said, “Our's is a hybrid system, which means we harness both wind and solar energy . Our system produces 13kW of energy , of which 7kW is from wind energy and the remaining from solar energy . With this, we are saving Rs40,000-50,000 per month. The power generated from these resources run our classrooms, corridors, examination control rooms, offices, etc.“
Kharat further said their application for another 10kW installation under the SPPU's QIP was approved last year. “The funds will be sanctioned soon and we will be able to append our rooftop power system. This will further reduce our bill by another Rs10,000-15,000 per month,“ Kharat added.