24, October , 2019
Bharata Mata College, the renowned green campus of the locale, strides forth with its energy efficient projects with the goal of increasing the use of renewable energy. The implementation of this flagship project envisages an institution fully run on solar power, and it has been driven by the institutional stakeholders’ mounting concern over climate change, depleting energy resources and environmental degradation. Bharata Mata College becomes fully solar-powered campus, when it transformed the vast rooftop of the main block of the institution into a 325 watt solar plant. 248 solar cells have been installed on an area of approximately 8,000 sqft, which produce about 80 kilowatt of energy. Besides being naturefriendly, the project is lucrative too: About 400 units of electricity will be produced per day of which around 200 units will be sufficient to meet the power demand of the institution. The surplus energy generated shall be given to the State grid, and consensus has been reached with KSEB about it. This switching over to solar power is good not only to the environment but also to the institution, as it has procured slashing of the electricity bills. The project cost around 45 lakhs but it is expected to recoup this investment in around 5 years’ time by selling the surplus energy to KSEB. The solar power facility inaugurated in September 2019 is indeed remarkable, being the first in the state to run completely on solar power. The project has been actualised with ‘future-proofing’ in mind as the facility will be used to power three new academic blocks under construction for Commerce, Social Work and Post Graduate Courses, which are expected to be ready in five years’ time.
This seminal idea of tapping the green power is indeed a giant stride towards a greener future, and it testifies the institution’s long-term commitment to continuous environmental improvement from the campus community. The project helps extend learning beyond the classrooms to develop responsible attitudes and commitment to the environment, both at home and in the wider community.