PDM University Harnesses Solar Energy with a 1 MW Rooftop Solar Plant

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Overview

Jakson Group successfully commissioned a 1 MW grid connected rooftop solar power plant at PDM University, located in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. Jakson provided complete turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services for the project under Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) RESCO model. In addition to turnkey execution, Jakson will provide annual operations and maintenance service for a period of 25 years. The plant will help the university offset 1300 tons of carbon emissions per year and also achieve cost savings of INR 45 to 50 lakhs per year.

Highlights

  • Number of PV modules installed: 3300
  • PV module type used: Polycrystalline
  • PV module power rating: 320 Wp
  • Annual generation capacity: 1500000 KWh approx.
  • Annual electricity cost savings: INR 45 - 50 lakhs
  • Annual carbon emissions offset: 1300 tons approx.

 Client

PDM University is a co-educational private university situated in Haryana, India. It was established under the Haryana Private Universities Act in the year 2016. Its campus is spread across 95 acres and houses 12 different institutions providing high quality technical as well as medical education. PDM campus is home to more than 15000 students and 1200 faculty members.

Business need

Modern day educational institutions with state-of-the-art infrastructure require significant amount of electricity to manage its facilities. With increasing electricity costs, solar rooftop power plants have emerged as an ideal solution to save on electricity costs. Moreover, educational institutions can play a vital role in creating awareness about solar energy by installing rooftop solar power at its campuses. PDM university’s large campus and ample rooftop space presented an ideal situation for installation of 1 MW solar rooftop power plant in its premises. When combined with Net Metering facility, the installation can result in substantial cost savings in electricity bills.

Solution

PDM University had multiple buildings dotted across its 96 acre campus where it wanted to set up solar plants then connect them centrally to harness the eletricity. Jakson with its extensive engineering expertise in setting up rooftop solar plants was selected to undertake this large scale rooftop project.

Jakson provided complete turnkey EPC services for this project that included supply, erection, testing, commissioning including warranty, operations and maintenance. The plant is set up under Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) RESCO model. In this model, customers pay only for the power produced and consumed under a mutually agreed Power Purchase Agreement. Any additional units generated, is sold to power utilities using net metering facility.

A total of 3300 highly efficient polycrystalline solar PV module of 320 Wp rating was installed in the plant along with all other requisite items of a solar rooftop installation. The plant consists of several smaller installations at different buildings inside the campus; the largest among them being 300 KW. Cumulatively, the plant generates approximately 15 lakh units of green electricity every year, to be mainly used for various power requirements of the university.

The power generated in the plant is sold to the university at a subsidised rate under a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between both Jakson and PDM University, and will enable savings in the range of INR 45 to 50 lakhs per year. The plant will further help offset 1300 tons of carbon emissions per year as well.

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