The Tamil Nadu government has decided to set up solar power units in hostels of State-run schools in all districts to meet additional electricity requirement.
He added that the decision to set up solar power units came against the backdrop of frequent power cuts, especially during the monsoon. The move will help students study without interruptions, especially during the time of exams.
The official said an average hostel requires a minimum of 20 to 25 lights and fans, too. “Solar power units in hostels will ensure uninterrupted power supply,” he said.
Stating that the solar power units will be setup in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, he said that the officials have already identified hostels which are most affected by power cuts.
“The work will be completed by the end of this year,” he said, adding that more than 3,000 students will be benefited by the initiative. The officials will invite expression of interest from private companies.
He said that the company selected by open tender process will be responsible to maintain the solar units in the hostels for a minimum five years. “After that, annual maintenance contract will also be signed once the warranty is over,” he added. According to the official, during the second phase, 100 boys’ hostels will be taken up under the project. “Similarly, officials are also mulling to install solar water heaters in the hostels that are situated in hilly regions,” he said.
He said, soon, hostels run by Social Welfare Department will also get similar solar units.