recently announced the commissioning of a 103 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar project Blossoms High School, New Marine Lines located in Mumbai. Aside from significant operational savings (which is estimated to be about 90% of the utility bill), the school will experience due to its solar panels, this major project also offers up an opportunity to educate its students on the importance of renewable energy and conservation. Suntuity’s solar PV systems ensure a clean source of energy for over 20 years with an initial investment. The system will pay for itself within 3-5 years, with more savings to look forward to once the ROI is met. Suntuity
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set a target of producing 100 gigawatts (GW) of Solar power by 2022. To reach this ambitious target, the ministry has introduced a number of Central Financial Assistance (CFA) schemes and subsidies for individuals or enterprises setting up solar projects. MNRE will provide Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for solar rooftop projects built for institutions.1 The CFA is provided through, Solar Energy Corporation of India, empaneled government agencies, public sector undertakings of the Central and state governments and participating banks. Solar for schools is an important step towards achieving energy independence. Blossoms High School will receive a 30% subsidy set by Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) which will make the system even more affordable. MEDA is actively engaged in the propagation and promotion of renewable energy and the implementation of additional energy conservation programs .2
The modules used by Suntuity for this commercial solar panel project are high efficiency, polycrystalline modules manufactured by Vikram Solar, India’s leading Tier 1 solar PV module manufacturer. The pilot phase of this project began in April, which included the preliminary design and installation. Once the initial site survey was completed and the final design approved, the installation took 18 days to complete. The 103 kW project for Blossoms High School was finally activated on April 20, 2019.
The total carbon emission reduced with this project is about 12.23 tons, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 202 trees grown over 10 years! 3
Some additional benefits of solar are as follows:
Less Water Usage
Solar panels do not require water to function, while conventional electricity sources use tens of thousands of liters of water every year.
Mitigates Air Pollution
Fossil fuels generate harmful gasses like methane and carbon dioxide which reduce the air quality. Solar energy dramatically reduces carbon emissions in the air you breathe, which improves your overall health.
Slows Down Climate Change
The burning of fossil fuels increases the presence of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. On the other hand, generating electricity from solar panels does not produce any greenhouse gases and helps slow climate change.
Reduces carbon footprint
For every 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of solar energy produced, 0.5 to 1 ton of carbon dioxide is offset.
As part of the Blossoms High School project, Suntuity intends to brief the students about solar energy its environmental benefits as well as economic impacts of their school’s investment in solar. In addition to nurturing future environment enthusiasts and enhancing their educations, students are also being introduced to “green-collar jobs” ─ an industry they may not have explored otherwise. Installing a solar power system demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship that is instilled in young minds. Colleges and other educational institutions will not only help in raising awareness but by utilizing rooftop solar power, they will also demonstrate that they are a part of a brighter future.