Amity University has joined a select league of colleges and educational institutions that have gone solar to meet energy demands and usher in a greener, cleaner tomorrow. Amity’s solar PV projects have been installed in the Jaipur, Manesar and Gwalior campuses with a cumulative capacity of 1.8 MW.
These projects have been developed by CleanMax Solar under OPEX model.
The Amity University Jaipur campus will meet almost 50 percent of its electricity requirement from solar.
The solar projects are expected to generate over 2,762,388 kWh units per annum of electricity cumulatively, thereby abating 2,265 tons of carbon dioxide annually for the next 25 years.
The power is being supplied to Amity University at a tariff cheaper than the grid electricity tariff, thereby ensuring cumulative savings of over ₹10 million per annum.
An increasing number of educational institutions are turning to solar as it is a cheaper source of electricity and also helps curb toxic carbon emissions. Of late, a number of educational centers across the country have adopted cost-effective rooftop solar as a way to build a sustainable future.
In May 2018, IIT Kharagpur had invited expression of interest to develop 5.5 MW of solar projects.
Recently, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Uttarakhand’s Pantnagar town tendered a 5 MW grid-connected rooftop solar PV project.
In June 2017, Jamia Millia Islamia, a reputed government college, tendered a 2.25 MW (AC) solar PV project to be developed under a RESCO model at Jamia Millia Islamia University premises in Delhi.
In the same month, Mercom also reported that Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture of the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan, tendered 950 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be developed on top of buildings owned by Rajasthan University in Jaipur.
In July 2017, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) tendered an 8 MW (DC) grid-connected rooftop solar PV project on behalf of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
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Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.