With India’s effort to go off non-renewable sources, Jamia Millia Islamia is coming upfront with its plan to install solar power plant of 2.50-MWp capacity. The university has decided to go completely solar by June-end. It will soon set up a 2.50-MWP capacity solar power plant on its campus for its own consumption, and aims to supply electricity at a rate less than Rs 4 per unit.
Solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of various buildings such as hostels and central library, according to a release issued by the university. It also said,
“Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is all set to have the largest rooftop solar plant for which an MoU has been signed with a Noida-based company. The company will install more than 2.50 MWP solar photo voltaic system on RESCO Model at zero cost to the university.”
The university signed an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India(SECI) approved company, Sunsource Energy, that would execute the project on a turnkey-basis and maintain the plant for the next 25 years under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. The MoU was signed yesterday by Registrar A P Siddiqui and Sun Source Energy Pvt Ltd CEO Kushangra Nandan in the presence of Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad. Talat Ahmed further said,
“with the installations in place by June-end, we will be a leader among central universities when it comes to the use of renewable energy. The step will result in saving not only money that the university spends on its electricity bills but also reduce carbon footprint.”
RESCO stands for Renewable Energy Service Company . Under the RESCO model, the consumer can install a solar power plant and not pay anything upfront. A power purchase agreement is signed between the installer and the consumer at a mutual price (tariff).
The MoU is in line with the central government’s target of installation of 40 GWp grid connected solar rooftop systems in the country by 2022.
Source: Times of India