HCST, Mathura adopts solar energy for cleaner and greener operations

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A 400 KW grid-tied rooftop solar plant was successfully commissioned by Jakson at Hindustan College of Science & Technology, Mathura recently. The plant will help achieve annual cost savings in the range of INR 18 to 20 lakhs, while offsetting of about 480 tons of carbon emissions per year as well. Jakson provided complete turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the project. The project was executed under CAPEX model, where the roof owner is the owner of the rooftop solar system and bears the entire capital expenditure of the project. In addition to turnkey execution, Jakson will provide annual operations and maintenance services.


  • Number of PV modules installed: 1457
  • PV module type used: Polycrystalline
  • PV module power rating: 315 Wp
  • Annual generation capacity: 600000 KWh approx.
  • Annual electricity cost savings: INR 18 - 20 lakhs
  •  Annual carbon emissions offset: 480 tons approx.


Hindustan College of Science and Technology is located in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with most of the programs being accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The college is the first venture of Sharda Educational Trust, which is a conglomerate of 14 colleges. It is collectively known as Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI).

The college is housed in its own building complex in a plot of more than 30 acres. It is amongst the first self-financed colleges in Uttar Pradesh, and the largest college under the Uttar Pradesh Technical University.

Business need

Educational institutes with modern infrastructure require significant amounts of electricity for their day-to-day operations. With ever increasing electricity costs, solar rooftop power plants has emerged as an ideal solution to save on electricity costs.

With more than 100,000 square metres of covered area, the main building of Hindustan College of Science and Technology had abundant vacant rooftop space which was ideal for

setting up of a rooftop solar power plant. Enabled with net metering, the power generated would supplement the institute’s electricity requirements and potentially cut down on electricity costs.


Jakson provided complete turnkey EPC services for this project that included supply, erection, testing, commissioning including warranty, operations and maintenance. A total of more than 1450 highly efficient polycrystalline solar PV module of 315 Wp rating was installed in the plant along with all other requisite items of a solar rooftop installation.

The plant generates approximately 6 lakh units of green electricity every year, to be mainly used for routine power requirements like lighting, running lab equipment, etc., of the college. The plant is enabled with net-metering facility which will allow for selling of excess power to the grid resulting in an estimated annual savings in the range INR 20 lakhs. Additionally, the plant will also help offset about 480 tons of carbon emissions per year.

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