Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education

Project Background

Located at the pristine foothills of the scenic Western Ghats, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education (KARE) was established in 1984. The University caters to students from all walks of life through its undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes and has elaborate infrastructure spread over 320 acres. Also, it is the first university in India to introduce a special B. Tech programme in engineering for the differently-abled (speech and hearing impaired) students.

The University Board of this progressive and conscientious university had been troubled by their high electricity bills incurred using fossil fuels. Thus, it unanimously decided to opt for solar energy to power their campus and approached Sunlit Future to install rooftop solar grid-tied systems on the campus in phases.

In the 1st phase of going solar, a 118.8kW rooftop solar grid-tied system was commissioned in June 2017. The University decided to go for the SolarEdge power optimizers and inverters rather than traditional string inverters to have a higher solar yield and greater savings. These products aim to increase energy output through module-level Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and also provide module-level remote monitoring via the SolarEdge monitoring web portal and mobile app (as shown in screenshots below).

Highly satisfied with the quality of the installation, the solar generation and the service, Kalasalingam University approached Sunlit Future for the 2nd phase of its drive for rooftop solar and commissioned a 2nd plant of 96.48kW in November 2017. Now the 3rd phase is already in the pipeline.

Location Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu
Owner Kalasalingam University
Capacity 118.8kW
Number of panels 360
Type of panels Mono-crystalline
Panel Wattage 330
Orientation ~South
Inverter 27.6kW SolarEdge (4 units)
Average units per day 530
Average units per year 1,95,000
Date of commissioning July, 2017

 

Location Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu
Owner Kalasalingam University
Capacity 95kW
Number of panels 288
Type of panels Mono-crystalline
Panel Wattage 330
Orientation South
Inverter 27.6kW SolarEdge(3 units)
Average units per day 420
Average units per year 1,56,000
Date of commissioning November, 2017