Dealer installs 2 kW power unit, comprising eight panels, at a cost of Rs.3.50 lakhEfforts are on to power petrol pump too in due course of time, he says
The newly opened retail outlet of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) here is showing the way to other such outlets in tapping solar energy as an alternative to power sourced from conventional generators at high costs.
Its dealer Valluri Koteswara Rao and his son Yugandhar, who is an engineering graduate, were keen on harnessing solar energy from the beginning and wasted no time in giving shape to their idea. They got a 2 kW solar power unit, comprising eight panels of photovoltaic modules, installed at a total cost of Rs. 3.50 lakh and started operating the diesel pump. Plans are afoot to supply solar energy to the petrol pump too in due course of time.
The solar panels were purchased from Mumbai-based Waaree group and other equipment was sourced from different suppliers. Installation was done by a group of budding engineers from Vijayawada, led by V. Venkatesh, who made headlines when he presented a cap-mounted solar fan to TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu during his Vastunna Meekosam padayatra. In addition to the diesel pump run by a 1.5 HP motor, the off-grid 2 kW solar plant is powering high-mast advertisement lighting, and it has a backup of eight hours. This small solar power plant comprises a solar array converter, alternative current distribution box, solar power control unit, eight batteries (one per panel), and a Maximum Power Point Tracking inverter that makes the system efficient by drawing the maximum possible power from the PV modules. Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Yugandhar exuded confidence that the investment would be recovered in a few years in the form of energy saved. Operating a 15 kVA generator is a relatively costly affair. Hence the decision to switch over to solar energy, and the dividends will be reaped soon. More than anything else, what gives satisfaction is production of clean energy.
The investment will be recovered in a few years in the form of energy saved
The unit was installed by a group of budding engineers from Vijayawada It was headed by Venkatesh, who had presented a cap-mounted solar fan to TDP president
The unit was installed by a group of budding engineers from Vijayawada
It was headed by Venkatesh, who had presented a cap-mounted solar fan to TDP president