Udaipur : In an expansion of its solar power system, the College of Technology and Engineering (CTAE) of the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT) campus here, an addition of 190-KWp rooftop grid interactive solar power plant has been established. Separate units have been installed in the various wings of the college building recently. The total expenditure incurred in the project has been 80 lakh rupees and the officials claim it may take just 5 years for the recovery of the initial investments.
” The work has been done by a firm approved by the Solar Energy Society of India. CTAE had been the first college to have set up a solar plant few years ago and later other colleges followed the suit. Now as per the availability of budget and requirements, we have installed more units. The panels have been erected on roof tops of our buildings to tap the solar energy which is abundantly available in the campus for almost 10 months except for the rainy months” Dr Surendra Kothari, Director, Monitoring and Planning told Udaipur Kiran.
“An 80 KWp has been set up at the administrative block, 30 Kwp at the Farm Machinery and Power engineering dept, 40 Kwp at the Computer Science and engineering wing while 40 Kwp has been set up at the Electronics and communication engineering department” Ajay Sharma, Dean CTAE college said. Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof U.S Sharma visited the solar power plant to take details of the facility and advantages of the system.
“Solar is safe and green energy. We are blessed with abundant solar grace and hence we need to use this energy as far as practicable and possible. Besides reducing the electricity charges to a great extent, the solar plants at our colleges would act as models for others to showcase the importance of tapping the naturally available energy in easy and cost effective ways. At the Rajasthan College of Agriculture a 500 KW solar plant is working to meet the power requirements of the various departments.” Sharma told Udaipur Kiran.