XLRI Planning for 1 MW Solar Plant in NCR Campus

The Xavier School of Management (XLRI) is planning to set up a 1 MW solar power plant in its newly established Delhi NCR campus in Jhajjar, Haryana.

The Xavier School of Management (XLRI), one of the top 10 business management schools in India, is planning to set up a 1 MW solar power plant in its newly established Delhi NCR campus in Jhajjar, Haryana. Pursuant to which the Catholic business school has appointed Boond Solar to install the plant on campus.

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“XLRI, one of the most prestigious and premier institutes of India, has appointed Boond Solar to install the solar plant of approximately 1 MWp, in their Delhi NCR Campus in Jhajjar, Haryana and we are committed to meet the expectation and faith, their management has shown on us,” said Bhaskar Palit, Managing Director, Boond Engineering and Development Pvt Ltd, New Delhi.

Last month, the AICTE had given formal approval to start the operations of the XLRI Delhi-NCR campus. The New Campus will be the first branch of one of the most reputed B-Schools of the country – XLRI, Jamshedpur.

As per reports, the new campus is spreadover an area of36 acres, has been designed to promote eco-friendly living and to foster climate consciousness. The orientation of the campus buildings has been planned using detailed sun studies and applying concepts of solar-passive architecture. The areas that receive harsher sunlight have a second skin in the form of ventilated cladding. The new campus has earned a Gold-level Green Building Certification, and it has been designed using IGBC guidelines to be able to achieve a platinum rating from IGBC in the future.

In May, CleanMax Solar had installed a rooftop solar plant of 326 kWp at the business schools’ primary campus in Jamshedpur. The plant is expected to meet 14 percent of the school’s power requirement. The installation is expected to generate 453,140 kWh per annum and will abate up to 3260 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Based on the ‘pay as you go’ or commonly known as ‘OPEX’ model, CleanMax Solar has provided solar power to XLRI at a tariff, cheaper than the grid tariff, thereby ensuring savings of over Rs 10.3 lakh per annum.

Fr. Nelson D’Silva, faculty member XLRI who is actively involved in XLRI’s green initiatives, had said at the time that “adopting rooftop solar energy is a socially responsible step and ensures financial benefits which can be passed on to the development of the institute. We are extremely happy to be associated with CleanMax Solar to implement solar rooftop projects at our campus. We have tried to use the maximum available space to lay solar panels on the rooftops. Besides achieving our sustainability goals, as an educational institute, we also hope to create awareness about renewable energy among our students and hundreds of visitors.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.