Lady Irwin College, established in the year 1932, is one of the oldest and most reputed institutions of higher education for women affiliated the University of Delhi. Leading the way to a sustainable future, the college is proud to have established a 218 kWp Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) rooftop plant on its premises, taking forward the Government of Delhi’s scheme for solarization of government buildings. The plant was inaugurated on 14th October’ 2020 by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal. In his inaugural address, Shri Kejriwal thanked and congratulated Lady Irwin College for taking leadership role through this initiative of Delhi government. He said, “Lady Irwin’s initiative will not only motivate other institutions to go solar but would also contribute in making Delhi the solar capital of India.”
Emphasizing the college’s commitment towards sustainable development, Dr. Anupa Siddhu, Director, Lady Irwin College stated, “The founding members of the college have built a strong foundation based on core values of sustainability for achieving excellence in all spheres of life. Taking into consideration the effect of global warming, we felt it was time to shift our dependency from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. The addition of this solar plant will not only fulfill our electricity needs but also help us reduce our electricity cost.” She praised and thanked the Delhi government, IPGCL and NDMC for making such enabling schemes. Dr. Meenakshi Mital, Convener, SPV project, Lady Irwin College reported, “the solar roof top project was conceptualized about two years back and subsequently we planned to go with IPGCL under the RESCO model. M/s. Oakridge energy was the empanelled vendor of IPGCL who undertook our project. The plant has been put up on three major buildings of college. The solar plant will generate about 3 lakh units of power each year and contribute greatly in Delhi’s fight against pollution”. Dr. Puja Gupta, Convener, SPV project, Lady Irwin College said, “the college has always been sustainable in its true sense and this project is going to take that legacy forward”. Dr. Gupta further thanked the hon’ble chief minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal and NDMC Chair, Mr. Dharmendra fro gracing the occasion with their presence.
The project was in the pipeline since last year wherein several visits were made by the installer to check the feasibility and the PPA was signed earlier this year. Dr. Meenal Jain, Coordinator, SPV project, Lady Irwin College who has been associated with the project since its conception and was instrumental in getting it installed appreciated the director of Lady Irwin College to have taken this initiative. She further said, “This SPV plant will not only cut down the emissions generated through the use of conventional grid-power, it will also set an example for others to go green”. She thanked Oakridge Energy, their development partner, for meeting the timelines for installing the solar plant, even during the pandemic.
The SPV plant has been installed and commissioned by M/s Oakridge Energy Pvt. Ltd. under the aegis of IPGCL, and has been net-metered by NDMC. Mr. Shravan Sampath, CEO,
Oakridge Energy praised the Delhi government and NDMC for their support. He said, “PPA has been signed for 25 years with the college and the solar plant will have immense cost savings over these years.”