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Proposal for 100 KV solar energy system for varsity

: Madurai Kamaraj University here is ready with a concrete proposal to set up a 100 KV solar energy system on its campus.

Tenders were called and a company was chosen. Kalyani Mathivanan, Vice-Chancellor, MKU, is now canvassing funds from the State Government and University Grants Commission for the project which is part of its Green Campus initiative.

In the first phase, the university is looking for funding of Rs.1 crore to install 100 solar street lights on the campus.

“The Green Campus Committee is meeting periodically to spearhead solar energy plans and we will start the works soon. Funding requirement particulars were submitted to the Finance Committee,” K. Pitchumani, Registrar in-charge, told The Hindu on Wednesday.

To save

electricity bill

In the long run, the varsity will be able to save on its monthly electrical bill, which currently averages Rs 15 lakh.

S. Kannan, chairperson in-charge, School of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, said that the university is keen to install solar panels across the campus by taking advantage of the 30 per cent subsidy and encouragement given by the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012.

Waste water recycling, prevention of water stagnation and integrated environmental planning are among the other priorities.

Dr. Pitchumani said that solar heaters will be introduced in varsity hostels.

Tenders called and a company chosen

Varsity looking for funding of Rs.1 crore

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