PANAJI: To deal with its rising power bills, Goa Institute of Management (GIM) at Sakhali has decided to turn to a green solution. The institute is looking at meeting at least 30% of its power needs through rooftop solar panels.
The work on installing the panels has already begun and the entire project will be completed in a months’ time, GIM director Ajit Parulekar said.
Indian subsidiary of the French company Tecnique Solaire will execute the project.
“The consumption of power is high on our campus, which means that the bills are high, too. Solar energy will aid us in reducing this cost to some extent. We also found that we were using many DG sets and burning up equally large amount of diesel. This is damaging to the environment and is also too much of a spend on diesel,” Parulekar said.
The project is aligned with the institute’s efforts to adopt sustainable practices on campus, the director said.
“It is a part of our efforts to rationalise natural resources. We are possibly the only educational institute in the country to have an energy management system through which we track the power consumption pattern across the campus, across building and blocks. The consumption pattern is then analysed on a regular basis via a specially designed software,” Parulekar said.
In the first phase of the solar project, GIM aims to meet 675 KV power through the solar project executed through rooftop solar connections, Parulekar said, adding that the solar power generation capacity will be upped as the campus expands.
“The capacity assigned to GIM by the power department is 750 KV and we are allowed to meet 90% of that through solar power,” Parulekar said.
To ensure further reliable and consistent power to the institute, GIM is also undertaking underground cabling of electricity lines from the Sakhali substation to the campus, at the institute’s own cost, he said. “GIM has continuously strived to reduce its carbon footprints. We have taken measures such as rainwater harvesting, solar-powered streetlamps, treatment of water for reuse, etc. The solar project is one such initiative. The Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Development was officially formed in July 2018 by GIM to contribute to its quest for sustainability,” Parulekar said.