#Pune365Agenda 3 – The rise in energy prices in India are climbing and supply, while growing, is not keeping pace with steep demand. Solar power, despite initial challenges, is a multibillion-dollar opportunity. Coal is becoming more difficult to obtain, sources of domestic gas are shrinking, and there is more focus than ever on sustainability.
The government, too, has invested a lot towards the development of solar technology — the cheapest and most independent way for people to power their lives, to meet its ambitious target of generate 40 GW of power from rooftop projects by 2022.
And one of the ways the Indian government has been going about doing this is through net metering. An easy way to convert a simple rooftop into a solar power plant, this is a concept that is both viable and sustainable, at both institutional and individual levels.
Many citizens in Pune have already installed solar power systems to reduce their dependence on electricity produced by coal and water.
Residents of Royal Impirio housing society in Pimple Saudagar have managed to cut their electricity bill by 83% by switching to solar energy.
Royal impirio with 260 flats, has installed a 15 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar power generation system with 60 panels that generate 75 units electricity per day and is expected to generate 28,000 kWh annually.
The system, installed in the first week of January 2016, helps the society save INR 15,000 per month in electricity expenses. Their electricity bill before the installation was INR 31,000 and it has now dropped. The plant generates 90% of the energy needed to light up the common areas, parking spaces and operates the lifts and water pumps.
“We observed that in the past couple of years the demand for electricity has increased tremendously and hence we decided to go green says Prakash Pamnani, Chairman.
“Since it is a cost-effective solution for our electricity requirements, and also helps small societies like ours to do something good for the environment, we decided to install this system,” he adds.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find the power bills reduced,'”says Vijay Dixit, Social Worker.
I have installed solar energy metering system in a 10,000 sq ft row house in Sangvi. Today, he only uses power from the grid during monsoons. Rest of the time, the self-produced solar energy is enough to power his huge house.
“Solar energy is a free and non-polluting source of renewable energy. Plants that use coal, gas, or oil to generate electricity release carbon dioxide (CO2), which create a greenhouse effect on earth, trapping heat and increasing temperature, which lead to the melting of ice-fields, rising sea levels and climate change. Solar power can also be used in remote areas, where electricity from the grid cannot be accessed.” he adds.
“India is harnessing solar energy to not only meet its energy requirements, but also to tackle the problem of climate change. This is our contribution to the government’s solar initiatives, and will better our community and the environment”,says Sunil Shah, Entrepreneur.
“I haven’t paid a penny to MSEB from past two years. Spending 6 lakhs in January 2016 has been the wisest decision. I have install a 5 kW solar net metering system in his house. Ever since, the system generates about 20 units of electricity every day, of which Shah uses 8 to 10 units while the rest is sold back to the grid.” He adds.
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