By March, over 500 government schools in the state will have access to solar power. The State government announced last year that it would install rooftop solar systems in 1,521 government schools across 12 districts at a cost of Rs 32 crore.
According to Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) officials, solar panels have been installed in over 100 government schools so far, with work orders issued for an additional 453 schools.
“In the first phase of the project, we will be installing solar panels in about 500 government schools. We are expecting to finish the work of all the 1,521 schools in the next few months,” a senior official said.
TSREDCO invited tenders for solar panel installation in September and selected 11 vendors. The chosen vendors will install rooftop solar systems ranging from 2 KW to 5 KW in the schools. The schools with more than 200 enrollments have been chosen for solar panel installation. Out of the 1,521 government schools selected, 916 come under the Southern Power Distribution Company Limited and 605 are under the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited.
According to officials, installing solar panels would not only significantly reduce the schools’ annual power bills but would also allow them to earn money from excess power generated and transferred to the grid.
Aside from installing solar PV power plants, officials are planning to build solar fencing around them to protect equipment from human or stray cattle intervention.
“Of late, government schools have increasingly become interactive due to smart classes and usage of computer systems in large numbers. This has led to higher electricity bills for the schools. The solar panels installed in schools will reduce the power bill loads while providing an uninterrupted power supply,” a senior official said.
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