Solar power for educational institutions gives hope and strength for the fight against climate change. For students in schools, the experience of being in a sustainable environment inspires them for a sustainable future. Schools have this responsibility and opportunity to guide a student towards an environment friendly approach in life. With massive built structure, flat roofs and open spaces, school is the best choice for technologies like solar energy and their implementation. So why are solar panels good for schools? Or how do solar rooftops benefit schools? These questions can be answered with one word i.e. sustainability. To answer these in a little brief, solar energy for schools is environment friendly, socially acceptable and economically beneficial. To elaborate one by one how solar for schools is sustainable and what are the benefits of solar energy in schools:
  • Economically beneficial: Sun is a free source of light and heat energy. Converting this free source to electricity with the help of solar photovoltaic panels or heat energy with the help of solar thermal technology is economically rewarding.
Schools with their flat roofs or slanting roofs all can be benefited by this technology. Compared to residential buildings and other commercial buildings, area covered by schools is more. Installation of solar panels on roofs, parking lots, and ground or for shade gives immense possibilities to use this free source. The bigger the installation, quicker the payback time and this is ideal for schools as solar energy produced during the day is consumed during the day. The question of intermittency of solar power does not affect its installation in schools as consumption is high during the day. At Fryer Energy we can contemplate school’s energy usage and demand to give best possible solar installation scenario with the quickest payback period. This in turn reduce operating costs and increase economic benefits.
  • Environment friendly: It is a fact that schools or any other electricity consuming entity connected to conventional grid is not environment friendly. The reason being, at present electricity grid is mostly powered by coal or other thermal power plants. These thermal power plants are causing global warming and climate change because of greenhouse gas emissions from them or collectively called as carbon emissions.
Solar energy is environment friendly as no emissions are caused while generating electricity or heat. Sun’s light is directly converted to electricity with the use of solar photovoltaic panels. Same is the case to generate hot water or steam from solar thermal panels. Being environment friendly is an example for students, faculty and everyone around.
  • Socially acceptable: There are no emissions, no noise or any disturbing sight from installation of solar panels. In other sense, it is denoted as technologically advanced way to be present in today’s world. The public relations and social responsibility is adhered to with the use of solar energy at campus.
Other benefits of solar energy for schools like press coverage to be technologically and advanced and environment friendly nature, independent from conventional grid and prices, low maintenance of the whole system gives more reasons to adapt to solar technology. Freyr Energy has installed solar in colleges like HPS Hyderabad, Balaji Institute of Technology and Science and RKGEF (Raj Kumar Goel Educational Foundation).