Alumni returns to share success story with young Spring Daleans
Says India’s future lies in dabbling in renewable sources of energy
While the Punjab Government seeks the support of the Central Government to sell 1000 MW surplus power to Pakistan, and the world is seeking renewable sources of clean energy to illuminate its buildings, there are 75 million households across India that still do not have access to power, let alone clean energy.
The fact came to the fore during an interaction with Mr Inderpreet Singh Wadhwa, Director and CEO, Azure Power, also former alumni, Spring Dale Senior School. In a visit that could be categorized as a ‘homecoming’ of sorts for Mr Wadhwa, nostalgia prevailed as he shared fond memories of his days spent in Spring Dales including pictures and anecdotes with the young Spring Daleans.
In an interactive session that witnessed the presence of students associated with various clubs of the school, Mr Wadhwa talked at length about India’s potential to emerge a world leader in terms of solar energy production. Stating that even as the solar power industry could suffer a setback in the US, with the US President Donald Trump giving importance to coal energy, he added that India was all set to be a world leader on this front.
“Other countries have started looking towards India to learn the nuances of operating this technology, dealing with this highly viable source of renewable energy, from it,” he said. He maintained that the sight of homeless kids on the streets of Delhi, his desire to work for the welfare of the masses, and the idea that the potentially fatal heat energy could be channeled to light up people’s homes, drove him into the field of solar energy.
Terming the interactive session with students as quite informative and interesting, Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, President, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that the school was mulling roping in Mr Wadhwa’s help to set up a small solar energy plant, which would help fuel its electrical systems, besides giving the students first hand insight into the working of a solar power plant.
“The session with Mr Wadhwa turned out to be quite lively and informative as students posed one intelligent query after another to him and he responded with equal candor and gusto to all their questions,” said Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School. He added that the school will engage with the company to expose students to ideas of renewable energy and entrepreneurship.