Madurai: A new 1MW solar power unit, which will meet 75% of the electricity supply needed for Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), was inaugurated on the campus on Tuesday by chief minister M K Stalin through videoconferencing. The unit has been established with 3,225 solar panels spanning over six acres.
“In 2019, we submitted a proposal to the Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, which is under the central government to establish a 2MW solar power unit. Initially, we were allotted ₹7.2 crore funding for 1MW solar unit. With the support of the National Institute of Wind Energy, this unit was established,” said B Ashokkumar, an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the project.
He said that at present, the electricity requirement for MKU is 1.4MW and the cost of electricity bills amount to around ₹25 lakh per month.
“Through the unit, we will be able to account for 75% of the requirement. The electricity that is generated through the unit will be wheeled to a sub-station near Checkanurani. By generating electricity and supplying, we will then have to pay only the remaining sum as electricity bills. We expect to save around ₹15-16 lakh per month,” said Ashokkumar.
As the power unit becomes fully functional, the efficiency of the unit is expected to be calculated and will be monitored. Another 1MW solar power unit is likely to get sanctioned in the future.
D Karthikeyan, principal secretary, higher education department and state higher education minister K Ponmudi, MKU registrar (in charge) V S Vasantha and other dignitaries participated.