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IIM Shillong decides to save energy
By SI News | Wednesday, 06 June, 2012
The solar panels are placed on top of the new boys hostel in the campus. And they are geographically placed in a way that they face early sunrise and so energy can be tapped from 4:40 am to 5:30 pm in the evening. âThe installation of solar panels saves a lot of electricity and by not going for conventional methods of electricity-generation of fossil fuels, the entire set-up is eco-friendly and helps to maintain the serenity of the place,â said Keshav Sridhar member of student PRO cell. He added that Shillong, being cold for most parts of the year does not use air-conditioners, so the electricity consumption is anyway low compared to the other b-schools.â âHowever, hot water is used in large quantities for bathing purposes because of the cold weather. Since we depend on hot water so much, this solar facility will greatly help,â Keshav added.
On an average, these solar panels will save 1,50, 000 units of electricity per year. To generate that much of electricity from a coal based power plant, 1.5 tons of coal will be required which will release some 1.5 tons of CO2 per year, Keshav told PaGaLGuY. The solar panels were much talked about at the recently held International Conference on Energy Sustainability, held at IIM Shillong and the concept was also well received by the local community of Shillong, according to Keshav.
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