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University of Hyderabad solar power plant kickstarts

According to reports, the University of Hyderabad will now be harnessing solar power. As part of the project, the first plant was initiated and implemented in a record time of 30 days. Vice-chancellor, Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy inaugurated the 100KW roof-top solar power plant at the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Library on Sunday.

The VC had sanctioned the installation of first solar power plant on the campus to meet the total power needs of the IGM Library, one of the largest libraries in the country. The University library requires power round the clock as most of the students use the air-conditioned reading halls till late in the night and consumes 600 units of power per day, which costs `1 lakh per month.

The solar power plant installed on the roof of the library with 440 solar panels can generate 100 KW power by PEC, a public sector company with a cost of `2 crores, 30 per cent of which will be paid by Govt. of India as a subsidy. This plant provides a power of 500 units per day. Prof. Ramaswamy while inaugurating the plant said, “The University is planning to go for 9 MW power farm in a phased manner on the campus in the near future, and is striving to cut the costs of mounting electricity bills. The unusable area near ‘High Tension” power lines will be utilized for setting up solar power farm with a capacity of 9 MW power supply”.

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