Delhi government’s pilot project to install terrace solar panels in schools has proved to be successful as one such school is already producing surplus and brought down the electricity bill to zero. According to the state education minister Manish Sisodia, the government has already installed solar panels in 21 schools and the work is in progress in 100 more.
The government is planning to place solar panels in 500 schools in total and the minister in a tweet called the move as “important step towards power independence for Delhi”.
“Successful pilot of terrace solar panels in #DelhiGovtSchools. Electricity bill of this school reduces from Rs.35,000 to Zero. Already installed in 21, being installed in 100, plan is to install in a total of 500 schools. Important step towards power independence for Delhi!,” the official twitter handle of Delhi education minister said.
According to the Economic Survey, the education expenditure to the Gross State Domestic Product of Delhi is the highest at 1.70 per cent in 2018-19. In Delhi, the per student per annum expenditure incurred by the government on education has increased to Rs. 66,038 in 2018-19 from Rs. 54,910 in 2016-17.
Some of the key initiatives launched by the Delhi government with respect to school education for 2018-19, were renovation of 52 schools, administrative approval and expenditure sanction for construction of around 12,748 additional classrooms in various existing schools, introduction of happiness curriculum and introduction of nursery classes in over 300 government schools.
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