ALLAHABAD: In a major initiative towards switching over to renewable energy, Allahabad University has energised its solar panels installed over 23 buildings spread over its four campuses, on Monday. This facility will produce 1.438 MW (megawatt) of energy i.e. 6000 units per day.
In monetary terms, the energy thus produced from the solar panels would save AU around Rs 40 lakhs per year. AU Vice Chancellor, Prof R L Hangloo inaugurated the solar power facility at the Law faculty.
AU PRO, Chitranjan Kumar informed that the Department of Solar Energy Corporation of India, Government of India had assigned HFM solar power private Ltd of New Delhi to install solar panels throughout the country. At AU, HFM will also maintain this facility free of cost for the next 25 years.
The highlight of the facility is the system named, ‘net metering system’ (NMS). The system would work as the modulator between the power supplied by electricity department and the energy harnessed by the solar panels installed over the buildings of AU.
As the panels would produce 1.434 MW of electricity, the NMS would fill the needed gap of power through the 3.3 MW of power being supplied by electricity department. Likewise, when the varsity would be closed, NMS would transmit the solar energy into the main feeder line and the electricity department would subtract the value of the transmitted power from the electricity bill of AU.
The deans of all the faculties, directors of the institutes, head/coordinators of all the academic units of AU, Finance Officer, Proctor, controller of examinations, dean student welfare, University Engineer etc were present during the inauguration.