Delhi Government’s Solar Project In Schools Reduces Electricity Bill From Rs 35,000 To Zero
A pilot project by Delhi Government to install terrace solar panels in schools has proved to be successful as one such school is already producing surplus and brought down the electricity bill to zero. According to the state education minister Manish Sisodia, the government has already installed solar panels in 21 schools and the work is in progress in 100 more. The government is planning to place solar panels in 500 schools in total and the minister in a tweed called the move as “important step towards power independence for Delhi”, according to the education minister.
According to the Economic Survey, the education expenditure to the Gross State Domestic Product of Delhi is the highest at 1.70 per cent in 2018-19. In Delhi, the per student per annum expenditure incurred by the government on education has increased to Rs. 66,038 in 2018-19 from Rs. 54,910 in 2016-17.
Among major highlights with respect to school education for 2018-19, were renovation of 52 schools, administrative approval and expenditure sanction for construction of around 12,748 additional classrooms in various existing schools, introduction of happiness curriculum and introduction of nursery classes in over 300 government schools.
Recently, in a related development, performance of Delhi government-run schools in the CBSE Class 10 examination has improved by 2.68 percentage points this year.