Utilization of Solar Energy and Minimization of energy consumption (LED installation)

The efforts taken by institution towards the utilization of Green energy has been one of the distinctiveness of the institute. The energy conservation with self-energy fulfillment was the one of key thrust of the college. Institute has installed self-funded 50 kWp solar Power Grid with 180 solar panels on 26th September 2015 and replaced 100 % light sources with new LED sources.

Energy crisis is the challenging task of present and future The College is located at relatively higher altitude. Solar energy is the most abundant and freely available Renewable energy resource. The solar exposure is available nearly for about 8 months within a year. The fulfillment of the energy requirements of the institute using non-conventional energy source was gradually achieved. The institute contributed to the green energy initiatives as per the funding capacity. The wheeling to the electricity grid also decreased the institute’s expenditure on electricity bills. The architecture and location of institute also provides ample sunlight during the day time.

Solar power helped us in reducing the monetary expenses. Therefore institute installed 53 KWp solar power grids which meet the current electricity demands of the institute. Solar power plant is functioning effectively since year 2015 till date. This has proved to be largest solar power plant of educational institution level in whole Thane district on the date of installation. This reflected in the reduced electricity bills of the college which was a huge amount which college was spending before the solar plant installation. The excess electricity produced has been supplied to the electricity grid. Hence it can be said that college is self-sufficient in terms of its energy requirements. The monthly electricity unit consumption has almost reduced by 60% as shown in below mentioned graph. The average electricity units consumed per month was around 3000 to 3500 before the solar grid installation. The electricity unit consumption has been reduced to average of 500-600 billing units per month. The electricity unit consumption graph has been attached. All the MSEDCL agreements, documents have been also attached for the reference.

In spite of the efforts, some problems are still to be addressed regarding the green energy initiatives of the institute. Total power generated is excess than the campus needs. Excess power generated goes back to MSEDCL power grid and it is being monetarily compensated by MSEDCL but the consistency in compensation rules is not uniform from time to time. This problem reflects in sudden rise in electricity bills and further complications. The excess generated electricity cannot be stored due to the technological limitations.

100% of the older light sources (tube lights, incandescent bulbs etc.) have been replaced by the latest LED bulbs/tubelight on and after 26/07/2019. This work was carried out by Radhe Krishna Traders. This has also reduced the total electricity consumption.

The use of LED light sources was also proposed and promoted by the Government of India. The College authority decided to replace all the existing light sources with the latest LED technology. Basement of the college building has 95 light points. The ground floor has over 67 LED tubes. The first floor has 105 LED tubes. Whereas second and third floor has 89 and 77 LED tube lights. In total 433 light sources have been replaced by 18W LED tube lights. This shows the commitment of the institute towards the energy conservation initiatives as proposed by Government of India.

In total reducing the use of electricity and producing self-sufficient solar energy has been the thrust of the institute throughout the five years tenure.
Fully functioning solar power grid is installed on the college roof. The newspaper cutouts of the solar panel installation news have been also attached. The electricity bills have been attached and the comparison has been furnished in graphical format.