Solar Plants Will Light Up 27 Aicte Institutions In The North | Guwahati News


Guwahati: With the aim of making educational institutions self-sufficient in solar energy, IIT Guwahati, in collaboration with AICTEcompleted the solar power installation projects in the northeast, which generate 416 KW of electricity to help laboratories, offices and streetlights operate without interruption in 27 AICTE affiliated institutions.
Government Polytechnic Laying in Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh, Institute of Communication and Information Technology (ICIT), Mokokchung, Nagaland, and Mizoram Polytechnic in Lunglei, Mizoram are located in remote areas where restoring power was the biggest challenge. “In Mokokchung and Laying, they took water directly from the stream. Students and faculty were facing severe difficulties regarding water and frequent power supply interruptions,” an official from IIT Guwahati said.
The solar power plants, over the 25-year service period, are expected to reduce the financial burden on energy compared to conventional electricity supply.
During the first phase of the project, 27 institutions received funding of Rs 5.4 crore for installation of solar power plants and 16 institutions received funding of Rs 1.92 crore for water treatment facilities . The next phase will be a boost for digital connectivity under which broadband internet will be facilitated in various technical institutions in NE. In the first phase, the 11 highest institutions were covered in Assam, six in Arunachal Pradesh, three in Nagaland and two each in Manipur and Tripura. In Sikkim, Mizoram and Meghalaya, one institution in each state benefited.
“Due to the hilly terrain, most institutions in the northeast are located in remote locations where the supply of electricity and clean water is a challenge. This project is the first of its kind in the northeast in which AICTE and IIT Guwahati are facilitating the financial and technical expertise of institutions to provide infrastructure,” said a spokesperson for IIT Guwahati.
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