14-DEC-2016: Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) today laid the foundation stone of 1.5 mw Roof Top Solar Power Plant at the Maulana Azad Library's New Building during the observation of 'National Energy Conservation Day-2016'. The programme was organised by the Department of Electricity, AMU in collaboration with IEEE Students Branch, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology.
On the occasion, the Vice Chancellor said that with the growing demand of energy, the electricity consumption is increasing rapidly. He added that in this situation, it is imperative to think about implementing ways for energy conservation.
Gen Shah pointed out that solar power is one of the most effective ways to conserve energy and AMU has taken a lead by taking the initiatives for saving energy. He also pointed out that AMU is continuously doing research and on re-cycling waste water and nanotechnology. While laying the foundation of the plant, the Vice Chancellor promised that these plants will soon start at other university buildings too.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali said that AMU pays yearly bills of over 25 crore Rupees for electricity and with the installation of these new plants, it is expected the bills will be reduced. He also informed that this plant will be operational in March, 2017.
Brigadier Ali also pointed out that since AMU library consumes the most electricity in all the University buildings, this new plant will be a big relief in terms of electricity consumption.
Mr B S Gangwar, Chief Engineer, DVVNL, Aligarh Zone said that electricity is one of the most important and essential things for livelihood. He added that with increase in population, rapid urbanisation and industrialization; the energy conservation is becoming a big challenge for the country.
He also pointed that even though the successive governments for the past few decades have been working on energy conservation, but it continues to remain a big challenge. Mr Gangwar pointed out that AMU's research on solar energy will be of greater significance for the country as it is a source of energy, which can last forever.
Dr Mohammad Rihan, MIC, Electricity Department informed that the roof top plant and another ground mounted plant of 3MW capacity will eventually become one of the largest non-commercial installations and the largest in any academic institute in the country.
Dr Rihan also conducted the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.