Rajdhani College of Delhi University will now be harnessing solar energy through the 80KV rooftop solar power generation plant they installed on 7th July in collaboration with Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited.
This installation is a milestone achieved in the Renewable Energy Policy by Aam Aadmi Party, through which Rajdhani college will be saving at least Rs. 1 lakh per month on the electricity bill. This project was one of the biggest poll promises by the AAP government in which the whole project is funded by the party.
As per the college, these solar panels are installed under a contract of 25 years and the estimated budget of the whole plant is around Rs. 20 lakhs. With the solar energy in place, the college will be paying the electricity bill at Rs. 3.15 instead of the regular rate of Rs. 10. If this goes on for 25 years, the college will be saving a great sum of money due to this scheme by the Delhi Government. The scheme also allows the college to generate electricity for their usage and sell the additional power back to the government.
Apart from Rajdhani college, such solar panels have been installed in 20 colleges of Delhi University including Shivaji College, Dyal Singh College etc. In Dyal Singh, these panels were installed in 2016 and it was the first college to install a plant of 100KW
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is also one of the major users of solar plants. They have been installing these panels on metro stations and residential colonies. This has helped them to generate 35% of electricity.
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