How Gujarat Colleges Are Using Solar Power to Save Lakhs in Electricity Bills Every Month

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Colleges in Gujarat are no longer paying hefty electricity bills, all thanks to the sun. After St. Xavier’s College installed 238 solar panels, with a maximum capacity of 75 kW, it’s electric bills have gone down from Rs. 1.92 lakh to Rs. 10,000 a month.

Father Robert Arockiasamy, principal of St. Xavier’s College, says the solar power is transferred to Ahmedabad-based Torrent Power’s grid. He told The Times of India, “We have to pay only the difference between power supplied to Torrent and the power used by us.”

Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has installed these panels in other colleges as well.

Dr. J.M. Vyas, director general of Gujarat Forensic Science University, said that the university’s daily electricity consumption was around 360 kilowatt-hours (kWh).  Of this requirement, 250 kWh comes from solar panels. The institution has managed to save 70% on electricity bills.

“GFSU’s new campus uses LED lights extensively. Classrooms, laboratories and offices are also designed to maximise the use of sunlight,” says Vyas.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Petroleum University has a 1 MW ground-mounted solar panel system.
“The university’s initiative is the first of its kind. The solar panels serve the purpose of research – the technologies installed include thin-film, multi-crystalline and others, and are observed to study their efficiency,” says Sowbhagya Rao, of Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute.

CEPT University also runs on solar energy.


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Nearly 40 kW of energy is generated here. This has helped the institute save Rs. 2 lakh a month.

“Under the new solar policy, any surplus energy generated and exported after adjustment of the consumption at the end of the billing cycle shall be purchased by the concerned distribution company. This will benefit the distribution companies by helping them fulfill their renewable energy purchase obligations. The Gujarat Solar Policy – 2015 acted as a catalyst for the process. The policy aims to increase the net solar power generation capacity of Gujarat to 10,000 MW by 2020,” says Gujarat Energy Development Agency director J.T. Akhani.

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