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Khalsa Educational Institutions all set for the Solar Plants

January 07, 2018 05:21 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR: With a view to switch over to `green and clean’ energy, the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) has commissioned a new project to install Solar power plants at its various colleges and schools campuses. The historic Khalsa College’s hostels and other buildings will have solar panels to generate electricity from the sunlight which will minimize the use of thermal and hydro-based power, thus cutting costs and adopting natural way of lighting and other use of energy.

The required formalities in this regard had been completed with a national level company which is soon starting its work to install the projects at six different sites including Khalsa College and adjacent buildings of other institutions such as Khalsa College of Women, Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Khalsa College of Nursing and Khalsa College of Engineering and Technology, Ranjit Avenue and Khalsa College Public School.

A brainchild of the KCGC honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, the solar plants would be installed within six months of period. ``The objective behind having solar energy is to cut costs on the rising prices of the power and adopting the clean energy that will finally benefit the environment. We are all set to install around 700 MW of power plants in all these educational institutions’’, said Chhina.

He said the solar energy is derived from natural resource and is thus cheaper and it will save money for the charitable organization that is running 19 colleges and schools. ``The shift would benefit the colleges and schools economically as the per unit cost of the power would come down from Rs.7.00 to Rs.4.00’’, said he adding that all surveys regarding the installation of the panels had been completed and drawings finalized.

He said that no affect to the historic buildings would be made as they had taken the undertaking from the company not to tamper with the building of the colleges and schools especially iconic Khalsa College Amritsar’s historic structure. The adoption of the solar power would also help in dealing with power cuts as power supply would be uninterrupted and use of the diesel generators during the power failures would come down to the minimum, said Chhina.

The decision was taken following various meetings of the experts in which KCGC finance secretary Gunbir Singh, Manager Projects, NK Sharma and others took part. With this the students can practically feel the use of solar energy in hostels, canteens and classrooms, said Principal Dr., Mehal Singh adding that the projects would be operational within next six months.

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