During Diwali, Shyam Shah Medical College, Rewa which is associated with Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Gandhi Memorial Hospital has got a gift of an approval of a solar energy project by Sate Ministry of New And Renewable Energy.
This will be the first government medical college in Madhya Pradesh which will function on solar power completely. Under this project a three mega watt (MW) solar power plant will be installed. Along with the college, the two associated hospitals and hostel which are located in the same premise will have solar panels mounted on their roof to accumulate solar energy.
Experts say that the installation of this solar plant will reduce the expenses of the entire campus to half. Currently about 2.5 MW electricity is consumed in the campus which amounts to a bill of Rs 40 lakh monthly.
The college administration says that the amount they will save after the installation of power plant will be utilized to buy new equipment and get advanced technologies for the college.
The officers of Urja Vikas Nigam had already inspected the site after which Public Works Department’s electricity branch was given the responsibility to prepare a proposal, said sources.
The BJP government in MP had very recently approved the Madhya Pradesh Renewable Energy Policy 2016 under which consumers can apply to install solar panels on rooftops. Principal Secretary, renewable energy Manu Shrivastava told HT, that private colleges and educational institutions too are free to install solar power units, for which union government will provide a subsidy of 30%. “In case of government medical colleges, agencies would be allotted to install the plant , they will pay the rest of the amount apart from the government subsidy. And they only will maintain the plant further, the college doesn’t need to invest at all”, he said.
Shrivastava also added that government will provide 30% subsidy to domestic consumers to install solar panels on rooftops or ground. Government buildings will get a higher 45% subsidy and certain government undertakings will get subsidy of 50%.