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OAS academy to tap solar energy

According to reports, as hefty bills due to increased electricity consumption became taxing for Gopabandhu Academy of Administration (GAA), imparting training to state civil services qualifiers, it has decided to turn to solar energy.

If things go as per plan, then GAA here will generate about 50 KW power from a solar photo-voltaic (SPV) plant, which will be set up on the academy premises by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA). The OREDA has already given a proposal worth Rs 92 lakh to the state government. The plant is expected to generate about 60-70% of total power requirement of the academy during summer and about 40-50% in rainy season.

“In consultation with the GAA authorities following a survey, we submitted a detailed proposal and cost estimate to the government. Considering the rooftop space to install solar panels in the academy, we have decided to generate 50 KW, which can meet the daytime electricity consumption in the academy,” said OREDA deputy director Ashok Chaudhury.

The academy pays more than Rs 1 lakh a month towards electricity bill. The sprawling academy campus has about 80 rooms, four big halls, officers’ mess and an auditorium. Recently, 40 more air-conditioners were installed in the academy. “Electricity consumption has increased manifold in the last five years. Activities like institutional and induction training programmes go on round the year,” said joint director-cum head of faculty (training and coordination), GAA, Pradeep Kumar Nayak. He said since in summer consumption rises, solar energy will reduce the bill.

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