Solar panels will be introduced at Government schools in rural areas of Maharashtra to control frequent power shutdown and make strides in digital education. With expanding digitization of schools, e-learning plans, computerized participation, schools are becoming self-reliant in terms of power. The state government will soon be installing solar panels in every school that would generate 1-1.5KV power.

An assembly of state education authorities – counting commissioner of education Vishal Sonalki and school education minister Varsha Gaikwad was held recently by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in Mumbai. The solar panel project will soon be initiated with the help of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA)

Due to unpaid control bills, as numerous as 200 ZP schools were disconnected from the framework by electricity department in 2018. The unpaid bills were a result of rising power demand because of digitized classrooms, computers etc while the provision for electricity funds remained unaltered. The gap kept on expanding over the years due to which meter connections were disjoined eventually in 2018. According to education authorities, after stopgap installments, the control supply was continued. To resolve the issue permanently, Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule of Nagpur collaborated with district collectorate and ZP plans to create schools power independent.

Power supply is a major issue for the schools as the Government has introduced various schemes over the past three years, some of which require access to the Internet. Linking of students’ Aadhaar cards with bank accounts, attendance update on a daily basis, e-learning kits screened on digital boards, among others, are a few such examples.

Power supply could be a major issue for the schools as the Government has presented different plans over the past three years, a few of which require access to the internet. Connecting of students’ Aadhaar cards with bank accounts, participation upgrade on an everyday basis, e-learning units screened on digital sheets are some such illustrations. However, there has been a request from schools to the Government to supply solar panels to address power shutdown issues for five years.

The current scenario of solar in India is keeping up the rapid pace. Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission aims to generate 1, 00,000 MW of solar power by 2022, making a positive environment among investors to tap into India’s potential. The nation offers unlimited development potential for the solar PV industry with a target of drawing in a stunning $100 billion into the division over the next seven years.

Credits: Toi