A 2 megawatt (MW) solar power plant was commissioned on Thursday in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Trichy, which is expected to bring down two-thirds of its conventional energy consumption on the campus.
October 02, 2020. By News Bureau
A 2 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, was commissioned on Thursday in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Trichy which is expected to bring down two-thirds of its conventional energy consumption in the campus. The solar plant with panels spread around the artificial lake inside the campus was built at a cost of Rs 14.2 crore. The project was sponsored by the rural electrification corporation limited (RECL) as part of their CSR initiative.
Officials said that the power plant was under trial run for the last one month and it is expected to bring down 60-70% of electricity consumption of IIM-Trichy. “We are also planning to give the excess power generated to Tangedco, when the consumption drops in the campus during vacations,” said a senior official.
The control system of this project and its functioning being potential research areas, there are plans to allow PhD students from various institutes to do research in this area, added the official. “IIM Trichy is the first among 20 IIMs to have received such a funding from RECL,” said its director, Bhimaraya Metri.
He also talked about institution’s contribution to the field of education and how it has set benchmarks for other institutes to follow. The project was commissioned through virtual mode by chief guest Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, chairman and managing director, RECL, New Delhi.
Saying that IIM, Trichy is one of the first institutions to successfully implement such a project, Gupta said this will now make other institutes follow in its footsteps.