We all know that education plays a key role in developing the economy of the country. Since independence, India has actively encouraged educational programs to boost the literacy rate of the country. However, with the demand for education rising, many institutes are looking for alternatives to reduce maintenance costs to keep fees as low as possible to keep encouraging participation. Another issue faced by the educational sectors in rural areas is inconsistent power. In this article, we will discuss, how solar EPC solutions are helping the educational sector have consistent and economical power.
What is solar installation’s potential in institutional sector?
As mentioned earlier, education is the backbone of the growing economy in India.To continue encouraging students to study, institutes need to cut down on maintenance costs to keep fees at nominal rates. Electricity being one of the major costs under maintenance,does not only power classrooms in large institutes, but also labs, auditoriums, grounds, canteens, and common spaces to name a few.
In order to find economical alternatives to reduce electricity costs, institutions are turning to solar providers for help. Solar companies find it easy to pitch to institutions as many decision-makers involved in the project are already aware of the benefits of solar. Also, with the development of the solar industry over the years, there are feasible options like OPEX (pay as you go model) that do not even require any initial capital investment and still offer reduced cost per unit of electricity consumed.
What is solar installation’s benefits in existing institutes?
Our previous articles have already listed multiple benefits of solar installation. Like other sectors, some major educational institutions have understood the benefits and decided to adoptsolar before others. One such example is a reputed school in Delhi, which decided to go solar in one of their four campuses. With a project size of 100 kW, they were able to fulfill their requirement of 70 kW and send the excess energy back to the grid.With the help of their partnered solar providers, installing a net meter has helped them receive credits for the excess energy which is availed in the utility bill of other campuses.
Apart from not paying anything for utilities in one campus, the board of director claims to be happy setting up the right example of a sustainable lifestyle for the students.
Similar to Delhi, many rural areas in India are opting for solar in their schools as they are the only consistent source of energy. Many rural areas in India either have inconsistent power or no power at all which causes a hindrance in providing digital education or overcoming heat in classrooms during summers. To avoid such situations, many organization have come forward and partnered with solar system integratorsunder CSR initiativesto provide consistent power by installing off-grid solar PV systems.
What is the scope of solar electricity in the future?
With major institutes and universities already switching to solar, it does not only help the universities keep the maintenance costs low but also helps students learn more about their environmental responsibility. Since students are the future of every country’s economy, learning and visualizing the benefits of solar not only widens the possibilities of more solar projects but also empowers a sustainable future.
How can ABS Renew Power help institutes?
ABS Renew Power is already working on a rural electrification projects with major corporationsand has successfully commissioned over 1MW of solar school projects across India. We hope many other institutes follow the example of the sustainable institutes and go solar. Visit us next time to know more about solar.