Indore: Indian Institute of Management Installs Rooftop Solar Panels to Promote Sustainable Development
Solar panels of 4,600 square metres generate 460 KW electricity. Helped in attaining an average saving rate of 11.8 per cent. No-single-use-plastic zone, rain harvest, and manure manufacturing plant also installed.
Solar panels installed on buildings of IIM Indore
Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Indian Institute of Management Indore, with its mission to remain a contextually-relevant business school and prepare socially conscious managers, has installed solar panels on its buildings in its 193-acre campus.
From November 2020 – March 2021, the institute completed installation of 4,600 square metres of rooftop panels in the old auditorium, administrative block, five student residences, one mess, and the academic block. This has helped in achieving the average saving rate of 11.8 per cent in six months.
“Apart from multiple tree-plantation drives throughout the year, we are now a no-single-use-plastic zone as well. Keeping in mind the no-kitchen-waste policy, we also use the kitchen waste now to manufacture manure on the campus. We have a rain-harvesting system as and we make sure that wastewater is used in gardening and cleaning,” said IIM Indore director Prof Himanshu Rai.
“IIM Indore aims to become a net-zero-energy campus in coming years; that is the total amount of energy used by every building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on-site,” he added.
IIM Indore has disposed of all the plastic bottles. All faculty and staff members use copper bottles in their offices. The campus is clean and hygienic with dustbins for organic and non-organic garbage placed every block.
The Institute also had installed water faucets last year to save water consumption. Starting with this pilot project in two student messes, the plan is to install faucets in every tap. With 5 lakh litres of water consumed daily on campus, this step will reduce consumption to about 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh litres daily.
Sanjeevani – The Horticulture Cell – produces herbs and medicines, which are distributed to needy and patients from the nearby hospitals. Apart from a plant nursery, the Institute has set up a Zen Garden and a Spiritual Garden with a panchtatva track, medicinal and aromatic herbs.
The Institute also provides shelter to more than 35 stray dogs, ensures their feeding and also promotes their adoption.