Web Exclusive | August 2013
Solar power plant installed at Anna University
To reduce dependence on non-renewable forms of energy Chennai-based Anna University has set up a 3kw solar power plant on the campus. It has also decided to to set up such plants in all its constituent institutions to meet Tamil Nadu's solar policy, which mandates that 6 per cent of the total power consumption in all educational institutions should be met by solar energy.
The University vice-chancellor M Rajaram inaugurated the solar plant installed at the Centre for Nanoscience and Technology on the AC Tech campus of the university.
Donated by an alumnus, the solar power plant is fabricated with polycrystalline silicon modules and can produce electricity at an average of 12,000 watts a day.
Part of the power requirements of the Centre for Nanoscience and Technology would be met using solar energy from the plant. The centre has been conducting research on concentrated solar photovoltaics to reduce the panel area while considering higher capacity plants.