This government school in Himachal Pradesh runs completely on solar energy

The school now produces surplus electricity, bringing down the cost of electricity consumption to nil

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2022

Government Model Boys Senior Secondary School in Nalagarh was established in 1856. Currently, there are about 800 students studying in this school, which includes boys from class 6-12.

Jitender Kumar, a former physics teacher, is presently the principal of the school. Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology and Environment or HIMCOSTE supported the school in installing three solar units of 6 kilowatts capacity each.

The total 18kW solar plant was installed in 40 days and cost about Rs 9.18 lakh. It was completely executed and funded by HIMCOSTE.

The school uses 1,500 units of electricity per month. An 18kW solar panel system, as installed in the school, generates about 2,000 units of electricity per month, thus bringing down the cost to nil.

The surplus energy of 500 units is then distributed by the state electricity board to other establishments or sectors in need of elecricity. The maintenance costs are also managed by HIMCOSTE.

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