Su-Kam’s customized Solar Power Solutions for the Education Sector in India

Su-Kam solar plant patiala With India witnessing rapid development in the Education sector, a large number of schools, colleges, universities etc. shall be constructed to cater to the ever growing population of students in the country. The rapid infrastructural development for the same shall lead to higher pressure on the energy demand of the country.

With most of the existing educational infrastructure of India being solely dependent on conventional energy, the need of the hour is to shift to more conventional sources of energy like solar power to meet this ever rising energy requirement.

Su-Kam has therefore started working to spread awareness and provide customized solar power solutions to the Education sector in India and overseas. The company believes that the cost of energy is one of the few things that can be reduced without negatively affecting classroom instruction.

By being more energy efficient, schools/colleges/institutes can help prevent greenhouse gas emissions and improve the students’ learning environment. Schools, colleges & other institutes can then use the savings from improved energy performance to help pay for building improvements and other upgrades that enhance the learning environment.

An Overview of the Energy Usage by India’s Education Sector

  • India’s 10, 83,210 elementary schools spend billions of rupees annually on energy; more than what is spent on computers and textbooks combined. As much as 30 percent of a school’s total energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily
  • India has 152 central universities, 316 state universities, and 191 private universities. Other institutions include 33,623 colleges functioning under these universities and 12,748 Institutions offering Diploma Courses. India's higher education system is the third largest in the world, next to the United States and China. Billions of rupees are being spent every year to cater to the energy demand of these colleges and universities
  • The Education Industry in India is largely dependent on conventional sources of energy for meeting its power needs

Irregular & Expensive Non-Renewable Power paving the way for Solar Energy

  • Educational institutes in Tier 2 & 3 cities in India face major energy crises because of irregular power supply
  • Diesel Generator sets as an alternative to power from the electricity grid are very expensive as the fuel and maintenance costs are very high. Also, harmful fumes generated as a by-product of diesel generator sets have an adverse impact on the students’ health/environment
  • Power fluctuation may end-up damaging electronic & IT equipment in schools/colleges/institutes

Benefits of adopting Solar Power by schools, colleges & institutes – Opening new vistas of Opportunities

  • Reduction in electricity bills - The per unit cost of electricity from the grid shall rise with the impending rise in cost of non-renewable fuel in the future. The only alternative for educational institutes to reduce their high cost of electricity consumption is to generate their own electricity through solar
  • Govt. Subsidy - Government gives 30% subsidy on solar installation so the cost of the solar solution goes down marginally
  • No extra space required – The solar panels to be installed in the Solar PV system only require open spaces which are readily available on school rooftops. Off Grid systems eliminate the use of batteries thereby requiring minimal space for the PCUs/inverters in the system
  • Power Saving for other applications – Many institutions in Tier 1 Cities, have fully AC premises and high power IT labs and equipment which increase their electricity cost drastically. Adopting solar can help in huge reduction in power costs for these applications as well, with lesser load on the authorities
  • Grid tie or On Grid PV systems prove to be best options – The maximum power consumption of an educational institute take place during the daytime. The Su-Kam Grid tie solar system which eliminates the use of batteries completely is the best option for such institutions
  • Adopting an eco-friendly approach – Many schools/colleges or universities can contribute and set an example for other universities and its students for adopting an eco-friendly approach towards power consumption. There is a vast scope to improve energy efficiency in schools and universities. Several studies have shown that avenues to curtail energy use to the extent of 30-50% in end uses such as lighting, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, etc.
  • Becoming a differentiator – Many Private Schools/Institutes/universities have very high fee structures which make it a compulsion for them to showcase themselves as a differentiator . An ideal way to do the same would be to adopt solar energy which shall be noiseless, eco-friendly and pollution free. Going solar and not using DG sets shall bring down the Noise/environment pollution and pose lower health risks to children; this can be a major deciding factor in the parents’ choice of school for their children
  • Having a live & working solar system on campus gives schools an exciting opportunity to enhance their curricula and build positive change in their communities. Students won’t just read about renewable energy, they can use real data from this solar installation to understand how solar is producing energy for their school and saving money

Solar Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • Grid-Tie / On Grid solar solution - Works best in the places where there are no power cuts or where Diesel Generator sets are used in the absence of grid supply
  • Off Grid solar solution - Works best in the places where there is no electricity available or there is erratic power supply
Su-Kam has set model examples by providing various customized solutions for schools, colleges and universities which are now reaping huge benefits from solar. Some examples are:

A unique solar power plant in Shivalik Public School in Patiala, Punjab which now runs 100% on solar!

Shivalik Public School, one of the very renowned secondary schools in Patiala is spread across a campus of 2 acres. The school has state-of-the-art infrastructure including an open air theatre and spacious multimedia classrooms with platinum screens. It is an activity based school aiming to provide holistic education to students

Why did the school switch to Solar?

  • The school was spread in a huge campus where the entire load was supported by grid supply
  • The rising electricity cost was proving to be a huge money guzzler for the school authorities
  • The school authorities were looking for a value for money proposition that would enable the school to run the entire load on electricity from solar with 0% dependency on the grid

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • Su-Kam installed a Grid-Tie Solar Power Plant that was designed to meet 100% electricity needs of the school through solar. The solar grid tie inverter system that was installed comprised of 6 string inverters of 8.5 kWp each thereby providing a total capacity of 50 kWp
  • The Solar Grid-Tie Inverter system is generating approximately 60,000 to 72,000 units of electricity per annum and is equipped to handle the complete power load of the school during working hours.  This in turn has reduced the school’s dependence on grid power supply to nearly zero
  • Project installation and operation by Su-Kam’s team of experts ensured there were no glitches in the process
  • Su-Kam team worked during the nighttime and holidays to install the system so as to cause minimal disturbance to the students during school hours. The company installed this project in a record time of 20 days!
  • A remote monitoring system was also installed to monitor the system performance regularly
  • Su-Kam’s Grid-Tie Inverter which was installed in the school premises is waterproof and designed for outdoor applications thereby requiring no extra space to place it internally
  • Su-Kam shall also maintain the solar power plant for the next five years
  • The installed system shall have no recurring cost after 5 years 
  • It was the first solar grid tie project undertaken by Su-Kam in Patiala

Why Grid-Tie/On Grid Solar Solution

  • ROI in 3 years without subsidy or 2 years with subsidy
  • Huge savings in electricity bill as half of the power is generated from solar
  • With the upcoming ‘Feed-in Tariff’ policy, the user can earn money by selling electricity to the grid directly
  • Government compliance policy makes it a compulsion to opt for renewable energy
  • Grid-Tie solar Inverters work best in places where there are no power cuts. Patiala in Punjab is one such state
Shivalik Public School in Patiala

A 30 KWp off-grid solar system at Mount Litera Zee School, Bijnor, U.P

Mount Litera Zee School is an endeavor by the Essel Group to prepare leaders of the 21st century through its Education arm, Zee Learn Limited. With more than 62 schools in 55 cities, Mount Litera Zee School is India’s fastest growing chain of K12 schools. Zee Learn limited has its preschool chain Kidzee with more than 900 preschools in India and is Asia’s largest chain of preschools.

Why did the school switch to Solar?

  • Mount Litera Zee school situated in the Bijnor district of U.P. was plagued by incessant power cuts
  • High dependence of the school on diesel generator sets to fulfill their requirements
  • Running cost of the diesel generator sets was very high
  • The diesel fuel consumption remained high despite reduction in load as per requirement

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • Su-Kam installed a standalone 30 KWp off grid solar PV system in the school which is feeding Solar Power directly to the load during school hours (from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.) as per the availability of the Sun. The remaining solar power charges the batteries to give backup to power the lighting load in the evening hours
  • The Solar PV System comprises of 120 nos. of 250Wp solar panels, mounting structure, 1 Nos. of 30 Kw Off-grid Solar Inverter (3 Ph in 3 Ph out), 3 nos. Solar Charge controller 30A 360V & 300AH 360V Solar Tubular Battery bank
  • There was space constraint at the rooftop of the school building which was still under construction. There was a huge challenge to find a minimum 360 sq m space to install the solar PV modules at the school premises. To overcome this challenge of space constraint at the rooftop, the Su-Kam solar team identified an area near the boundary wall where the PV modules were then ground mounted along the boundary thus using minimum area for installation
  • The solar installation helped the school in controlling their energy budgets with minimum risk and compelling long term benefits and quick ROI
  • The Solar system is affordable and predictable
  • Su-kam solutions help schools unlock a wide range of benefits from solar energy, including cost savings, environmental benefits, and enhanced curricula.
Mount Litera Zee School, Bijnor

A 50 KWp solar grid tie system at National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR) in Chandigarh

Ministry of Human Resource Development (Formerly the Ministry of Education), Government of India had established four Regional Technical Teachers' Training Institutes (now National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, NITTTR) at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata in 1967. The Institute at Chandigarh is one of these four NITTTRs, started in collaboration with Royal Netherlands Government (up to 1974).

Why did the institute switch to Solar?

  • NITTR is spread in a huge campus where the entire load runs from electricity supplied from the grid
  • The authorities were looking for eco-friendly options to generate electricity that could also help in cutting down the cost of electricity

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • Su-Kam installed a 50 KWp solar system in the Homi Bhabha Academic Block at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR) in Chandigarh.
  • The company bagged the solar project from CREST through a tender process amidst huge competition from various other companies.
  • The Su-Kam solar team was responsible for assessing the site, drawing out a detailed engineering plan & customized structure for setting up the solar system.
  • The Solar Grid-Tie Inverter that was installed now generates approximately 62,000 units of electricity per annum and is equipped to handle the complete power load of the academic block during working hours 

Why Grid-Tie/On Grid Solar Solution

  • ROI in 3 years without subsidy or 2 years with subsidy
  • Huge savings in electricity bill as half of the power is generated from solar
  • With the upcoming ‘Feed-in Tariff’ policy, the user can earn money by selling electricity to the grid directly
  • Government compliance policy makes it a compulsion to opt for renewable energy
  • Grid-Tie solar Inverters work best in places where there are no power cuts. Chandigarh in Punjab is one such state

A 100 KWp off Grid Solar Power Plant at Gates Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh

The Solar Power Plant Project by Su-Kam in Gates Institute of Technology is the largest private sector project for Solar in a South Indian institution. The Institute was facing regular problems of both irregular power supply & long power cuts.

Why did the institute switch to Solar?

  • Non-availability of adequate grid supply and poor quality & reliability of the same prompted the authorities of Gates Institute of Technology to take up the alternate route of utilizing solar power solutions for their energy needs

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • The Su-Kam team has designed, engineered and installed the 100 KW bidirectional rooftop solar power plant which is developed in-house. The solar power plant at the Gates Institute which was commissioned in March 2011 has been running solely on solar power with zero dependence on the electricity grid. The result is very low operational cost, clean & renewable energy usage and a greener environment
  • The 100kWp solar PV system generates 1,82,000 units of electricity per year. The solar system helps the college to prevent the emission of 60 tons of carbon dioxide per annum.
Gates Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh

Solar Power PV Systems in 35 schools in remote areas of Rwanda, Africa

Su-Kam recently bagged a turnkey solar project covering 105 sites in Rwanda, Africa through the Ministry of external affairs, Govt. of India. Rwanda, is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Why did the schools opt for Solar?

  • Unavailability of power at these remote locations

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • Su-Kam is responsible for supplying, installing and commissioning Solar Photo Voltaic equipment and associated items for 35 schools in remote areas of Rwanda
  • The company would light up 35 schools with PCU Packages, 35 solar packages and 35 Home lighting systems.
  • It is responsible for pre-installation survey of the site and drawing out a detailed engineering plan.
  • Su-Kam shall also provide a warranty of 1 year post the completion of the project
  • The Su-Kam officials shall also provide onsite training on operation & maintenance (O&M) to the personnel/staff/technicians of Rwanda.
Remote areas of Rwanda, Africa

Solar Street Light Project – Loyola Arts College, Chennai

Loyola College, a Catholic Minority Institution, was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1925, with the primary objective of providing University Education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students irrespective of caste and creed. Su-Kam in association with its channel partner – M/s Bright ‘N’ Power, Chennai, successfully implemented the ‘LED Street Light’ project at Loyola Arts College, Chennai.

Why did the college opt for Solar?

  • The college wanted to reduce their dependence on non-renewable sources of energy for power

The Solutions offered by Su-Kam

  • The entire compound is lit up by installing 67 nos. of 10.8 Watt LED DC lights with 50 AH battery and 50 Watts solar panel.
  • This solar installation replaced hundreds of CFLs which were earlier installed thereby resulting into huge savings. It is a totally stand-alone system and is independent of the Grid.
  • With the success of this project which is a model example towards taking the first step towards adopting new and renewable energy, a number of corporate and educational institutions are now approaching Su-Kam for installing a greener set up for their energy usages
  • The street lights were installed in a brief time span of 30 days.

A 69KW off grid Solar PV System installed at Vellamal School, Trichy

Ongoing projects

1 MWp Solar Power PV System at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh

Vellamal School Trichy


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