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Delhi government initiates plan to push solar power in city schools

According to reports, in a major step towards power conservation, the environment department of the city government has initiated the process of installation of solar power plants in government four schools and four hospitals.

In a meeting on Monday, the department has awarded the installation solar panels to the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure department (DSIIDC).

“Tenders for installation of solar photo voltaic (SPV) plants in four schools and hospitals will be floated in a couple of days. The schools chosen for the work are government school in Mangolpuri Old block, Janki Devi school of Mayur Vihar, government school in Jwalapuri and government school in R.K Puram Sector 12 area,” said a senior Delhi government official.

The four hospitals identified for the project are Chacha Nehru Hospital in Geeta Colony, Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital in Harinagar, Jag Parvesh Chand Hospital in Shastri Nagar and Raja Harishchandra Hospital in Narela, he added.

Initially, the plants will generate electricity of 25 kilowatts a day to each hospital and 10 kilowatts a day to each school.

“This will definitely cut down the power consumption at the institutions by 25-50 percent during the peak demand seasons. In winters, these SPV plants can fulfil 100 percent demand of the power depending upon the consumption,” said the official.

In year 2009, the ministry of new and renewal energy (MNRE) had initiated a scheme of using solar power for certain amount of electricity supply for every state. In this scheme, Delhi had to generate 465 kilowatt of energy.

The solar panels will be installed at many government buildings, including the Delhi Secretariat, Raj Niwas and Vikas Bhavan. The process of installation has been started in the Vikas Bhavan. However, for rest of the buildings, the department is searching for a suitable area for plants. Twenty-five schools and 10 hospitals of the city government will be covered under this project.

Before the Commonwealth Games 2010, the government had decided to light eight major monuments with SPV plants. However, so far only two plants have been installed at Jantar Mantar and Safdurjung Tomb.

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