UIT goes green by moving to environment-friendly solar energy
Staying committed to conserving energy for a better tomorrow, Pakistan’s premium technology institution, Usman Institute of Technology, moved to solar power to effectively meet the institute’s increasing electricity needs.
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.
“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,” said Mr. Ahson Nasim, Head of HR & Administration, UIT. “This also includes choosing the right sources of electricity; 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.”
As part of its energy conservation drive, UIT also replaced normal ACs with inverter ones, reduced the length of air-conditioning pipes, replaced tube lights with LED lights, besides educating students, faculty and staff on turning off all electrical equipment 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.