Manipal University goes greener with latest PV power generation plant
Chikkananjappa, managing director, MESCOM, inaugurated the 119-kWp solar rooftop PV plant at the indoor sports complex. With this, the university now has eight buildings with rooftop solar plants and helped the university achieve 55% of energy-demand from a green source. It may be mentioned here that Manipal University is ranked the second green campus in India.
“This substantially reduces dependence on conventional energy sources, thus mitigating carbon emissions and making a significant shift towards sustainable energy use,” said Dr H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor Manipal University after inaugurating the plant. Chikkananjappa was appreciative of the initiatives being taken by the university to reduce pollution by using more and more of solar energy.
“Manipal University has partially shifted from conventional energy use to renewable energy use and sourcing. This is being achieved by installing solar photovoltaic rooftop systems on buildings with a total installed capacity of 817 kilowatts peak (kWp) connected to grid for self-use generating 12 lakh units on average per annum,” said Derrick Joshua, environment executive of Manipal University.
Shridhar Rao, executive engineer (electrical), energy lead auditor and MR said: “This translates to carbon emission equivalent (Co2e) reduction of 984 metric tonnes. It substantially reduces dependence on conventional energy sources, thus mitigating carbon emissions and is a shift towards sustainable energy use. Adoption of combined strategy achieves Co2e emission reduction of 25,320 MT per annum”.