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In Delhi, government schools are generating their own power

"As many as 19 other schools have brought down their bills by 70-80%. And as per the government it just a start as it plans to replicate the project in 500 schools"

By Shivam Singh

What if schools became self-sufficient in everything? That idea though seems farfetched is fast turning into reality. For starters, several of Delhi government schools have started generating their own power through rooftop solar panels. The dividends are so much that one particular school has reduced its power bill to zero and in fact is supplying excess power back to the electricity department. As many as 19 other schools have brought down their bills by 70-80%. And as per the government it just a start as it plans to replicate the project in 500 schools.

Schools have huge rooftops, almost the size of football fields. And they are mostly unused, if you count out wandering couples. There are hundreds of government schools in Delhi alone. And they are just perfectly poised for solar power generation. Cheers to Delhi government for recognizing the potential. The cost of the panels for each school is about 20 lakhs. The monthly bill of such government schools in Delhi hovers around 30,000-40,000. Which means, within 4 years the amount saved would overtake amount spent. Isn’t that a totally profitable equation?

The power demand in Delhi at times rises to huge levels. In such a scenario, about 500 schools which generate and supply power can only be a blessing. The project doesn’t only cater to the demand but also to the environment. This is definitely something worth adopting across India.