The Canadian International School in Bangalore is producing its own power and even supplying excess to the Karnataka state power grid. After corporate giants, educational institutions are adopting renewable energy in a big way, inspiring students to commit to a clean energy-driven economy.
The installation of solar panels is estimated to cost around US$464,660. The institution produces five lakh kW per annum using solar panels spread across the rooftops. On peak sunny days, the panels generate about 300 kW per hour. According to Jessica, seventh grade student at the Canadian International School, “It is just better for our environment and will stop global warming hopefully and encourage other schools to also take on this responsibility.”
Shane Kelle, principal of the Canadian International School believes that it is important to bring awareness and incorporate in the curriculum—lessons on carbon footprint and climate change. For instance, one panel is laid on the ground to demonstrate the process.
In addition to mini solar operations, the institution is also in favour of biogas plants. Composting and growing of organic vegetables is practised on campus. Overall, it helps students to practically understand the phenomena.
Regis Caudrillier, vice-principal of Canadian International School told NDTV, “Leftover food from the cafeteria is fed into the plant, which produces a cubic metre of gas that goes to the stove in our cafeteria. This is eventually used for boiling vegetables and making tea and coffee.”
Positively, financial aid is given in many ways. There are incentives provided by the State Government of Karnataka and the institution is rewarded for lending its surplus to the grid.