Symbiosis International University, Pune
The Lavale campus of Symbiosis International University (SIU) is located in the midst of a natural environment as it stands over a valley of evergreen trees. The eco-friendly functioning makes the campus a perfect setting for contemplative and incisive study far from the worries and hustle of the city. A rooftop solar plant powers the campus.
The system is spread across four roofs of the campus including the main SIU building.
The power generated from solar is directly injected in the campus’s main LT panel. The system works in synchronous with the MSEDCL connection in such a way that at any given point of time, solar is consumed first and the balance power requirement is fulfilled by MSEDCL power. The system is also synchronized with campus’s diesel generator sets. Thus, during power cuts, electricity from Solar is consumed on priority, thereby substantially reducing diesel consumption.
The solar power plant generates 950 to 1000 units of electricity on a bright sunny day. It is taking up about 80% of day-time electricity requirements of the entire campus. This is also helping in reducing about 820 Kg of greenhouse gas emissions each day.
The plant is monitored online through Sunshot’s proprietary online monitoring system. This helps in keeping a record of the power generation and electrical parameters of the solar plant on a real-time basis. It also helps in better operation and maintenance of the plant as the automated system provides alerts if the plant is not functioning properly.
The entire campus is designed to conserve natural resources. It has incorporated a rain water harvesting project to conserve water and re-use it effectively for various purposes. It is also envisioned as a green zone and students are encouraged to walk, and bicycles have been provided for transport.