Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana has come up with solar street lights and solar water tank. Installed by Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), these solar lights will illuminate at night after getting charged with solar energy.
Sister Chantal, the school principal, said, “Through PEDA, we have got installed 20 solar lights on the school campus by now. Ten more lights will be installed by the end of this month. All the equipments are with us and only fitting of ten lights is pending, which will be completed by end of this month.” These photo-voltaic lights will light up from 5 to 7 hours daily at night.
Along with lights, “solar water tank” has also been installed at the roof of the convent. The principal said, “It will provide hot water to the hostel as well as to school children during the winter for washing hands.”
Anupam Nanda, District Manager of PEDA, Ludhiana, said, “This certainly is first for the city school, though distiction of being first in the district to have solar lights goes to Drishti Dr R C Jain Innovative Public School, which have got installed five solar lights. However Sacred Heart is the first school to have “solar water tank.’ It is of 800 litre capacity based on latest technology, i.e. ‘evacuator tube component’. With this technology, the hard water does not harm the equipment. While the ‘solar water tank’ with “flat plate technology” encounters hard water-related problems. In the city, Government College for Women was the first college to have solar water tank.”
The school has spent an amount of about Rs 6 lakh on these two projects. Sister Chantal said, “The lights will start working in two-three days. I got an idea about solar equipment after reading an article about solar energy in a newspaper. Following which I contacted PEDA people here and got the equipment installed in our school in very short period.”
The school has a plan to have solar fans too in future. The principal said, “I am planning to have ‘solar fans’ in the school. I will discuss about it with PEDA.”
Source - Indian Express