Climate change resulting from the greenhouse effect is perhaps the greatest threat to humanity’s very existence. Climate change is causing erratic weather patterns and global warming. Global warming has caused floods and droughts in the unlikeliest places.
So it is only fitting that the Marathwada College of Education, which is an institution to mould tomorrow’s teachers – the thought leaders of the coming generation – should take the initiative in implementing an eco-friendly project that reduces our dependence on limited and polluting resources.
This project is the generation and storage of electricity using photo-voltaic cells. Popularly called solar cells or solar energy, this technology has been growing by leaps and bound in the last few years and is expected to revolutionise the way humans generate and consume power. It is also expected to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of humanity.
Solar energy is a sustainable and renewable source of energy. This means that we will never run out of it. It is a natural source of power as it is possible to generate usable electricity. During operation, a solar electricity power plant produce zero emissions. It also lowers the cost or expenses of electricity. The College is expected to save a sizeable amount of financial resources in the long run because of this project. The resources so conserved can then be channelised into more productive avenues that serve the college students and the society at large.
In view of these benefits, the institution installed a Solar Power System on 30.01.2016 with a capacity of 10 KVA Online UPS. The Solar Power System has power back-up through the use of batteries, which will enable the system to be functional even during times when there is no sunlight, as during nights or rainy days.
After the installation of the Solar Power System, a spot inspection was conducted by a team from Maharashtra State Electrical Distribution Limited (MSEDCL) for load reduction. It was found that initially, electricity consumption by the institution was 50 kW and after the installation of the solar panels, the electricity consumption from the grid came down to 40 kW. All the computers and LEDs of the institution are being run on power from solar panels by using solar energy.