Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, is setting an example for other educational institutions by promoting energy conservation and making the best use of natural resources. The school has installed as many as 400 solar panels on its roof, generating 100kw electricity, that would be used in the school. Moreover, the surplus electricity would be given to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). According to the information, the school management has spent around Rs70-80 lakh on the project, and has managed to produce 7,000 units of electricity in just 10 days.
Talking to ToI, secretary, KVM, Ashwani Kumar, said: “The central government is promoting the use of solar energy and natural resources, so that was the main reason to opt for solar panels. Moreover, we have been teaching students to make the best use of natural resources, so rather than just teach, we thought of implementing it and setting an example for the younger generation. The solar panels are capable of producing 100kw electricity, and producing more than that depends on weather conditions. This electricity will be used in the school, and the surplus would be sold to PSPCL. We will not only be able to save lakhs of rupees on electricity bills, but also help in saving the environment.”
To encourage schools students in that objective, every class was made aware of the functioning and benefits of using solar panels. “Traditional power generation is usually harmful for the environment, but solar panels are completely eco-friendly, making use of natural resources. All government offices and private companies must use solar energy,” said Jagtar Singh, a student of Class XII. Students also demanded that all schools must teach their students how to make solar panels, and the method of using it on a small scale, like in private houses.