Three Schools in Hyderabad go Solar
Three schools in Hyderabad have taken the lead to install Solar PV Systems on their rooftops to meet a major part of their energy requirements: Sri Aurobindo International School at Secunderabad, Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya (promoted by Dr. Reddy’s Foundation), and Meridian School, Gachhibowli.
The inauguration event took place on November 7th at Sri Aurobindo International School and started with an elocution competition followed by a training programme for teachers and students. Before, it was officially inaugurated during the International Workshop of the Megacity Project on 6th of October (photo) by Dr. Angela Jain in the presence of students and teachers of all three schools.
The pilot project “Solar powered Schools” under which the solar systems were partially financed is part of the Indo-German megacity research project “Sustainable Hyderabad” (www.sustainable-hyderabad.de). It was implemented by Nexus Institute and Humboldt University Berlin; the systems have been designed and engineered by Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India, a Network Centre of Steinbeis GmbH, Germany.
Hyderabad - one of the fastest growing cities of the world - has been facing the challenge of meeting the energy supply demand. Also schools suffer from regular and irregular power-cuts. Therefore the project has been partly supported also the schools and by parents. The aim was to create better learning conditions for the students – particularly during the power shut-down periods, while saving electricity during normal supply periods. Moreover, the installations help in promoting awareness and knowledge of Solar PV Systems amongst students and parents of the schools.
Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya, has utilized the system for providing lighting for the hostel and the school for the marginalized and lower income community, as well as for the Vocational Junior College mainly catering to the financially disadvantaged groups, especially girls. Meridian School, Gachhibowli has been able to create excitement amongst the children by utilizing the Solar PV System installation as a show-case for understanding the concepts of green energy.
Based on the experiences, Steinbeis India and Nexus Institute Berlin have been able to create implementation and financial models for Solar PV Systems for schools catering to children from different backgrounds. Also, based on the detailed analysis of these projects, the researchers from Humboldt University strongly feel that the State Government should work on suitable mechanisms to provide financial incentives to off-grid installations, which shall go long way to overcome the energy crisis in the state.
The team plans to upscale this project to all the schools around Hyderabad and invites motivated schools to be a part of this novel movement for a greener and responsible lifestyle.
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