Indian rooftop solar specialist CleanMax Solar and technology engineering institute IIT (BHU), Varanasi, have commissioned a 1.5MW rooftop PV project across multiple building rooftops the IIT campus in Uttar Pradesh.

The plant will meet 30% of the institute’s power requirements. Using the ‘Pay as you go’ OPEX model, CleanMax Solar will provide solar power to IIT-BHU at cheaper than grid rates to help save INR2.8 million (US$44,000) per year.

Kuldeep Jain, managing director, CleanMax Solar said: “We are very proud to be associated with a distinguished institute like IIT (BHU) as its preferred sustainability partner. Through our partnership, we are helping IIT (BHU) to reduce their carbon footprint and electricity costs simultaneously. This is a very compelling proposition to institutes like IIT (BHU), and we hope to replicate it for other premier institutes across the country.”

Former energy minister Piyush Goyal recently called for Varanasi to try and become the world’s first 100% clean energy city in a race with the German city of Munich.

CleanMax Solar has 24% market share of India’s rooftop market, according to Bridge to India.

CleanMax Solar has successfully installed more than 200 projects for over 50 corporates, with a combined on-site capacity of more than 85MW.

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