Pro Vice-chancellor of SRM University, Amaravathi campus, Prof. D Narayana Rao, said that ‘SRM University, Amaravati campus, decided to set up ‘Center of Excellence in Solar Allied Technologies-Solar Cooling applications at the Amaravati campus’.
An interaction session on ‘ Solar Power Systems’ held at the campus on Wednesday with students and faculty members under the Chairmanship of Dr Narayana Rao. Speaking on the occasion, he said that a number of cold storage units came up in the state of Andhra Pradesh and particularly in both Guntur and Krishna district.
He said that instead of utilising grid power by cold storages, solar power system would reduce the cost of operations, which would benefit not only the operators but also farmers and ultimately consumers. The Center may come up in two or three months, Dr Narayana Rao added.
Dr Harinipriya, an expert in Solar systems and Professor at the Chemistry Department, SRM University, Chennai said that the 25KW solar powered equipment may cost Rs.55 lakh in which 30 per cent would be provided as subsidy by the Central Ministry of New and Reneweble Energy. She said that ultimately, the operator can get back the investment in one-and-half years.
The proposed centre of Excellence may benefit the local farming community who produces horticulture products, vegetables, fruits and milk, she added.