AIIMS to tap solar power, reduce its electricity bill by 50 per cent

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AIIMS will install 1MW rooftop solar power on the roof of the parking space located near the Centre for Dental Education and Research.

The All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) is reportedly planning to go green by tapping into solar power and reduce its electricity bill by 50 per cent over the next couple of years.

According to PTI the premier medical institute has joined hands with Hitachi to set up a solar power generation unit in its premises.

AIIMS will install 1MW rooftop solar power on the roof of the parking space located near the Centre for Dental Education and Research.

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), which promotes development and introduction of new energy technologies, will provide Rs 100 crore for the project, while remaining cost of Rs 30 crore will be borne by AIIMS.  Currently the total electricity bill that AIIMS pay is between Rs 48-50 crore per year.

Hitachi will set up a solar power generation system as well as introduce measures to reduce total energy expenditure of the institute by as much as 50 per cent by 2019,” Dr Deepak Agrawal, Chairman, computerisation, AIIMS said.
The solar power generation unit will use the latest technology and will have a mechanism to track the movement of the sun for maximum energy output.

Besides setting up a solar farm, Hitachi will replace the outdated chillers and AC plants and replace those with energy efficient chillers. It will also replace around 30,000 bulbs with LEDs so that energy is saved,” said Dr Agrawal to the news agency.

He said the project was pending for almost over two years and the Prime Minister in his visit to Japan in November last year had discussed the project with his Japanese counterpart.

Source: PTI

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