Soon, city schools to get solar-powered cycle stands

After proposals to install solar power plants atop several buildings, the UT Administration has now decided to install solar-powered cycle stands in schools. The pilot project, for which a tender has been issued, will first be undertaken in Government High School, Sector 46 and be replicated in other schools if it is successful. The cycle stand, made of galvanised iron, will have a shed on which the solar panel would be installed.

The capacity of the power plant would be 15 kilo-watt power, while the cost of installing is expected to be around Rs 18 lakh. A tender for the same has been allotted.

Director (Environment), Santosh Kumar said, "Proposals were being sent by schools for construction of cycle stands with sheds in order to save cycles from the vagaries of weather. It was felt solar cycle stands would serve two purposes. Apart from the cycles being protected, power would be generated. We will replicate the model at other places if it proves successful."

With Chandigarh being declared a solar city, emphasis is being laid on installation of equipment to generate solar energy on government buildings. Such equipment is already installed at Model Jail, Paryavaran Bhawan and the Secretariat. Also, proposals have been prepared for several colleges and schools.

Officials claim this will reduce consumption of electricity to a certain extent, thus reducing bills.

Meanwhile, the approval for grid connectivity is awaited from the Centre. This would ensure excess power produced could be transferred to the grid, while in case of shortage it could be withdrawn.

The solar power plants are also being installed on government houses. Gradually, it will be replicated on private residence as well.

Santosh Kumar added the aim was to promote use of solar equipment among residents.

He said efforts would be made to ensure the equipment was easily available to all. With increased accessibility, the prices would also reduce and demand for electricity would lessen.

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