Andhra Pradesh

AU to run on solar energy soon; TEPSOL to provide infrastructure

Andhra University and Mumbai-based TEPSOL Projects exchanging an MoU on Friday.

Andhra University and Mumbai-based TEPSOL Projects exchanging an MoU on Friday.  

Panels will be set up on 60% of buildings, say officials

Andhra University will soon be opting for a rooftop solar project keeping in mind problems associated with conventional energy sources and a growing demand for sustainable alternatives.

Over 80% of the university’s total power requirement is expected to be sourced from solar power in the future.

AU and Mumbai-based TEPSOL Projects recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Nageswara Rao, Rector M. Prasada Rao in this regard. Prof. Niranjan signed the MoU on behalf of AU.

According to Coordinator, Electrical Works, Andhra University Prof. P Mallikarjuna Rao, AU needs about 1.6 to 1.8 MW of electricity every month. As per the MoU, through the solar roof panels, about 1.2 MW power will be generated, he said.

“By shifting to solar energy, AU can save around 40-50% on electricity bills every month,” Mr Mallikarjuna Rao added.

According to officials, about 60% of the buildings on the campus will be covered by rooftop solar panels. TEPSOL and AU officials have identified buildings where sunrays can strike without obstruction.

Several state-run and private universities and colleges in the state have been making a gradual shift towards solar energy since the last one year.

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