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RU installs solar plant for uninterrupted power supply

Rajshahi University (RU) administration has started installing solar power panels for uninterrupted power supply to its campus.

It has already installed solar plants on rooftops of two administrative buildings and VC’s resident building in grade type system at a cost of around Taka 29.28 lakh having capacity of generating 43 kilowatt power.

“Now, we are operating the newly installed plant on trial basis. It has capacity to generate power upto 20 years,” said SM Obaidul Islam, Additional Chief Engineer of RU.

He said the government has given allocation of Taka 80 lakh for installing solar plants in the university.

RU authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with Electronic Solar Power Company Limited in January last to implement the project.

Under the project, solar panels will be installed on rooftops of all other buildings in phases.

Engineer Obaidul Islam said the power produced through fossil fuel is carbon contaminated and that always pollute environment. Besides, its production cost is high.

Pro-VC Prof Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan said modernization process is being progressed in every fields of the university. As part of it, the classrooms are being replaced with digital multimedia ones. New more time-fitting ICT laboratories are being set up. But, best uses of those aren’t ensured due to load shedding.

To overcome the problem, we are implementing the solar power project, he added. Within near future, teachers and students will get benefits of the project.

In addition to benefiting the varsity authority economically, the plants will contribute to reduce the gradually increasing pressure on power supply.

Prof Sarwar Jahan mentioned instead of depending on only the fossil fuel emphasis should be given on enriching the renewable energy sources to face the energy challenges.

Availability of energy from many different sources is vital for the present life to face the challenge of the ever-increasing demand for energy.

He emphasized the need for wide-ranging use of energy efficient products to reduce the existing pressure on power demands. He laid stress on using energy efficient electrical appliances to reduce electricity cost coupled with energy conservation which is essential for addressing the energy crises.

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