According to reports, Manipal University has set an example in energy conservation. The varsity, which is home for over 25,000 students, has installed 39 solar water heater units to provide hot water to its hostels, medical colleges, and hospital. These units cover as many as 163 building blocks on the campus.
“At present, the university is heating about 3.7 lakh litres of water using these solar water heaters and through this we are saving approximately 9000 units of electricity in a year. Students in hostels get hot water round-the-clock every day. Solar heaters are eco-friendly, and this year four more units will be installed in new hostel blocks,” said Derrick I Joshua, environment executive of Manipal University.
To save energy, the university has taken up one more initiative this academic year. According to Manipal University director (purchase and general services director) Col Badrinarayan, the varsity is planning to setup solar units to generate power tapping solar energy that is abundant in the coastal district. “The project is under process and we will use the power generated in these unites in Manipal Institute of Technology,” he added.