Special Correspondent

MADURAI: The University of Madras has decided to switch over to solar power within a year in order to cut down its monthly electricity bill.

A one-time investment of Rs.3 crore was being made to purchase the solar equipment and install it in the university campus, said G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor.

He said here on Thursday that the university's monthly electricity bill was Rs.9 lakh. Hence the decision to tap solar energy was taken.

Since electricity charge was a major component in the university's monthly expenditure, to overcome the problem, the university's Department of Energy had been asked to plan for solar energy.

The estimate for installing solar energy equipment had been obtained and the installation work would start soon.