The NES Ratnam College at Bhandup in north-east Mumbai inaugurated Phase I of its rooftop solar power project. This eco-friendly measure serves the objective of not only saving electricity, but also moving the institution towards adopting sustainable solutions.
The inauguration was done by Dr Kirit Somaiya, Member of Parliament of North East Constituency in the presence of Dr R Varadarajan, President, NES SVB Group and D. Balasubramanian V, Director, Sakshi Dalvi, Corporater of S Ward and Neil Somaiya, Guest of Honour, Councilor MCGM.
The project being executed with support of Central Electronic Limited (CEL) in collaboration with International Marketing Corporation Mumbai, makes the college .the first educational institute in the central suburbs to have set up the solar power project.
Set up at a cost of Rs 7.10 lakh, the 10 kWp solar system with 34 panels (300 Wp each) will produce 14,600 units (kWh) of electricity in a year and 40 units (kWh) daily. The college after switching to solar energy will save minimum 20- 25 per cent of energy costs.
The first phase of the solar power project will be powering the classrooms, laboratories, AV Section etc. Dr R Varadarajan, Founder President, NES SVB Group shares, “This is a lifelong initiative, and the entire complex will benefit eventually. We are keen to deploy the same at our Dombivali Complex in our private capacity owing to frequent power cut-offs in the region.”
MP Dr Kirit Somaiya, shared, “We have targeted 25 colleges through MP fund from North East of Mumbai. This year we selected 10 colleges - of which six qualified and Ratnam College is the first one to implement this benchmark project.”