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National Institute of Technology to have solar plant

According to reports, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, will set up an one MW solar power plant on its campus to promote green technology.

According to NIT sources, the Rs 10-crore plant will be commissioned by the in-house technical resources of the institute.

“We have already got necessary clearances from the state government and other agencies for commissioning the solar power plant on the campus. A team of technical experts of the institute has been working on it,” said secretary of the public relation committee of the institute R K Sinha.

“As the daily requirement of our campus is around 2 MW, the proposed plant will meet half of that,” Sinha said. “The academic complex, including classrooms, laboratories, the central computer centre, library, health centre and all offices, will use the solar power while the residential areas of the institute will continue to depend on the conventional power source,” he added.

A team of NIT senior officials, headed by institute director Sunil Sarangi, visited Bamra in Jharsuguda district recently and inspected a similar solar power plant managed by a private house.

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