Govt colleges to tap solar power
In order to make college campuses self-sufficient in power generation, the state higher education department has been planning to install solar panels in all universities, government engineering colleges and polytechnics and a few of the government colleges under its jurisdiction.
As per the direction from education minister C Raveendranath, these educational institutions will have to submit master plans for solar panel projects in their respective campuses within a month.Among the government colleges chosen as part of the first phase of project are: University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, Victoria College, Palakkad and Brennen College, Thalassery.
“It’s a first-ofits-kind initia tive by the higher education department and these institutions have been chosen on the basis of their competency in implementing such projects,” said a department official. However, the universities and the colleges already have a successful model in the state–Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kochi, which had installed a solar plant to meet its power requirements.