New Delhi: On Tuesday, Rajdhani College of Delhi University went solar. An 80 KV solar power generation plant was installed on its rooftop. This has been done in collaboration with the Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited.
The Ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s Renewable Energy Policy has made this possible. Under this scheme, Rajdhani College is the first college. It is expected that the Rajdhani College will save at least around a lakh per month on the power bill.
The Renewable Energy Policy was one of the most famous polls promises. Under this policy, the government funds the entire project.
Convenor of the Solar Committee of the College, AP Singh said that these panels have been installed on a 25-year contract basis by the government. The estimated budget is Rs 20 lakh for the 80 KV plant.
Rajesh Giri, the principal said that now the college will pay for Rs 3.15 for each unit instead of the earlier Rs 10 for the power which is generated from the plant. In this manner, the college will continue saving for 25 years. He said that all of this has been possible because of the special scheme of the AAP government.
According to the government, power can be generated by the college for its own use and the extra power can be sold by the college to the government. There are solar committees set up in 21 colleges of DU to promote and adopt ideas that are eco-friendly. These committees are funded by the AAP government.
Under the RESCO model, other DU colleges like Dyal Singh and Shivaji College have also installed solar plants.
With the help of the Ministry of New and Renewable Resources (MNRE) and Solar Energy Corporation of India, Dyal Singh College had installed the panels in 2016.
Dyal Singh was the first college to have a rooftop solar plant of 100 KW. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has installed solar plants at many residential colonies and metro stations. The DMRC is a major user of these solar plants. 35% of electricity is generated by the DMRC from these solar plants.