India Education Diary
The University of the Free State (UFS) has installed solar plants across its three campuses.
The university says this is in response to the call for urgent solutions to loadshedding and the promotion of environmentally sustainable, cleaner, and renewable energy solutions.
Nicolaas Esterhuysen, Director of Engineering Services at UFS University Estates, said,
“The PV (photovoltaic) systems are grid-tied without storage to ensure maximum benefits and faster payback periods.”
Esterhuysen said the UFS has saved up to R32,5 million since the first solar plant was commissioned in 2017 to help the UFS reduce the impact of loadshedding and its carbon footprint and energy costs. “This will substantially increase this year with the commissioning of two large new ground-mounted solar plants on the Bloemfontein Campus,” he said.
“The microgrid installation on Qwaqwa Campus is one of the biggest solar diesel hybrid systems installed in South Africa. It allows us to keep the campus running despite excessive power interruptions.”