MUMBAI (17 January, 2019) - Trina Solar has installed a rooftop-mounted solar system at the famous Shardashram Vidya Mandir English Medium High School in Mumbai.
The school is famous in India because its alumni include Indian cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar. The school, which was established 1969, currently has around 1,100 students.
The school’s alumni donated the 10.3kWp Trina Solar system to coincide with the school’s 50th anniversary.
The principal of the school, Suchita Shetty, told The Times of India newspaper: “When the alumni reached out saying they wanted to do something for the school, several options were considered. But we finally zeroed in on solar panels as an eco-friendly measure and also to make students aware about the need to conserve energy.”
Other schools across India have also been turning to solar energy to reduce their power bills and help the environment, adds the newspaper.
Indian cities, such as Mumbai and New Delhi, suffer from air pollution. The country has been trying to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power stations.
Trina Solar India director, Gaurav Mathur, says: “India’s government has set a goal of 100GW of solar energy capacity by 2022 of which 60GW is to come from solar energy utility projects and 40GW from rooftop solar energy.”
According to India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India’s solar energy capacity, as of the end of July this year, was 21.9GW from utility and 1.2GW from rooftop.
Trina Solar launched Trinahome in India in September. Mathur says: “Trinahome is helping to boost demand in the market for rooftop by giving households an easy and affordable solution.”