As per the order given by the Government the Policy imposing a solar purchase obligation (SPO) on colleges is a compulsory task in order to meet 6% of the power usage from solar energy. Ans now, the colleges are ready to move forward.
The policy says that any commercial establishments like Colleges, Government Buildings, Residential Schools, IT Parks, Industries, and buildings with a built-up area of around 20,000 sq mtrs, come under the same rule of either they can meet this by generating their own power, purchasing a solar power from the state electricity board or purchasing power from power producers.
Mr.Vineeth Vijayaraghavan who is a industrial expert says as "The Colleges have vast expanses of land to put up a solar panels. They are eligible for tax benefits. It also helps to avoid technical problems to transmission of power from power plants to the college".
The Founder and Chancellor of VIT University revealed that VIT University, Vellore has reached beyond the 6% obligation and is planning to source solar power for 30% of its needs. The college currently uses diesel gen-sets for about 30% of its needs and is looking to replace this wind and solar energy. This college will also have an inhouse 3MW solar power plant and is negotiating with a few companies to set up the plants.
"We have a four-acre lake inside our campus and will be putting up photovoltaic modules over the lake for 2MW, replicating Gujarat's set up over the Narmada River.", he added.
Apart from VIT University, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering is also taking up their challenges in this act. College Principal of SVCE M.Sivanandham says "Apart from setting up top roof systems, SVCE is planning to have solar energy for street lights on campus. We had done a pilot project earlier and will explain this to other areas in phases. Also, the college is planning to invest for about Rs.7lakh in the first phase.
An expert of solar Energy said "Setting up an Off-Grid roof top system in the college will save about 8% of the power then buy from the grid. The power generated can be used for captive consumption and energy is not wasted. Even during holidays when power usage is low, the mandates 6% will be required for basic activities in the college and the college can use its own power".
Well, that is really a positive impact on every colleges. These colleges have put one step forward in saving power and making use of the Solar energy.