UIT Goes Green By Moving To Environment-friendly Solar Energy
Usman Institute of Technology being Pakistan’s premium technology institution took a great step to meet the institute’s increasing electricity needs effectively by moving to solar power.
The institute installed 198 solar panels of 320 Watts each in January 2017 as part of its energy conservation drive that started in August 2016. Producing a total of 60 kW, the installation now meets about 15% of the institute’s total power needs
Head of HR & Administration, UIT, Ahson Nasim stated, “Being Pakistan’s leading technology education provider, we at Usman Institute of Technology deem it our responsibility to educate our student, faculty & staff about energy conservation and do what’s right for the environment.” He further added that conventional power plants use a lot of non-renewable energy resources produce electrical power. Solar energy systems do not damage the environment in any way, so are good for the future of the planet.
“One of the major advantages of solar energy is the lack of maintenance that is required in the long run,” added Mr. Ahson. “The systems do need slight maintenance every now and then, but in the long run, the costs are minimal. This means that once the initial investment has been made, there is little that the owner of a solar energy system really needs to do.”
Along with that, UIT not only replaced normal ACs with inverter ones and tube lights with LED lights but also reduced the length of air-conditioning pipes. Besides educating students, faculty and staff also practice the idea of turning all electrical equipment off when not in use.
Seeing the encouraging results of the initiative, the institute plans to extend solar system installation to meet a larger portion of its power needs and reduce power costs in the coming years.